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Idaho Dead Last In Women Judges

Item: Why is Idaho dead last when it comes to women judges? It’s not necessarily what you think/Kathy Kreller, Idaho Statesman

More Info: When Gov. Butch Otter selected Susan Wiebe to be a judge in Idaho’s 3rd District, he didn’t just fill an open position — he made a little bit of history. Wiebe’s appointment in late 2009 ended a three-year stretch during which nearly a quarter of Idaho’s magistrate, district, appeals and Supreme Court judgeships were filled by 35 men and not a single woman. ... Idaho has the smallest percentage of female judges in the entire nation — slightly more than 11 percent. That’s in a state with a total population split nearly 50-50.

Question: Should Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho Judicial Council make a concerted effort to appoint more judges to the state's various courts?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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