Betty Richardson, who served as U.S. Attorney under President Bill Clinton, reached out to share a copy of her 2007 profile of U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in light of Gov. Butch Otter’s criticism of Winmill for not sharing Idaho values.
Richardson’s article ran in the November/December 2007 issue of The Federal Lawyer.
Richardson writes that Winmill “may be one of the few judges who had both sentenced a guilty man to death and taken an innocent man off death row,” referring to his imposing the death sentence for James Edward Wood and ordering DNA testing that helped exonerate Charles Fain after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment.
The article is full of personal details, as well as examples from his long legal career. For those interested in why Gov. Otter would call him out, it’s well worth a read.
Richardson, who ran against Otter for Congress in 2002, practices law in Boise.