Former US Attorney Betty Richardson on Judge Winmill

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.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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