President Donald Trump on Monday renominated Judge David Nye to fill Idaho’s long-vacant second U.S. District judge position.
Nye was among 10 judicial nominees Trump named Monday; he’s one of two on the list who already was nominated for the post by former President Barack Obama, and received unanimous support in the Senate Judiciary Committee after a hearing. But amid partisan squabbling, the nominations never came up for a vote in the full Senate.
Meanwhile, Idaho has been down to just one active federal district judge since longtime Judge Edward Lodge took senior status in July 2015. The federal court system has declared a judicial emergency in Idaho due to the shortage of judges, and visiting judges have been brought in from other states to hear cases/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.