Saturday, September 22, 2007
Courts - Now there are two: Idaho joins Indiana as only states where no women on highest court
"Horton gets high court job" is the headline to this story earlier this week in the Spokesman Review, out of Spokane Washington.Betsy Russell reports:
BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter appointed 4th District Judge Joel Horton to replace retiring Justice Linda Copple Trout on the Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday – making Idaho one of just two states in the nation with no female justices on its highest court.Here is a list of earlier ILB entries on this topic.
Otter passed over two female finalists and a Coeur d'Alene attorney, all of whom he said were well-qualified, to select the Boise judge.
"I did not see this as a gender seat. What I looked for was the best candidate," Otter said. * * *
The only other state with no women on its highest court is Indiana. Washington has four.
In Idaho, six of 42 state district court judges are women, and 10 of 87 magistrate court judges. One member of the three-member Idaho Court of Appeals is female.