Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo issued a statement today saying they're interviewing both "men and women" for a U.S. District Judge opening, and that the process is "ongoing," but not saying whether or not they've actually interviewed any women, or anything else about their secret selection process.
Idaho is the only district in the 9th Circuit, and one of just two in the nation, with no female federal district judge. Crapo said in his statement, “We both have legal backgrounds and are vetting the candidates appropriately to make the best recommendation for Idaho.”
But other lawyers and experts said input from current practitioners in Idaho would benefit the process – and would more closely match not only the process that 20 states including Washington now follow, but the way Idaho handled its last selection of a federal district judge.