Judicial Emergency In Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The national policy-making body for the federal courts has declared a judicial emergency in Idaho because the state is down to one full-time federal judge and no replacement has been named for an existing vacancy.

The Spokesman Review reports that the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Courts made the declaration on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge took senior status on July 3 after announcing his intentions in September.

Senator Mike Crapo told KID Newsradio, “Senator Risch and I have been following the constitutional process of advice and consent with the White House in terms of identifying candidates and then discussing those candidates with the White House in order to get a nominee that both can accept.”

Senator Crapo went on to say he is not at liberty to discuss the names of who might be under consideration.

“The process is well underway,” Crapo said. “And we hope to be able to get resolution soon.”

The senators will make a recommendation, but President Barack Obama will select a nominee who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.