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Idaho gets new chief federal judge — in Rhode Island

Idaho’s struggle to address booming caseloads got a boost last month when Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson introduced a bill to add a third U.S. district judge. But with a divided Congress and fiscal woes, passage is a long shot.

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Simpson renews effort to get third federal judge for Idaho

After hearing from Idaho’s federal judges about booming caseloads, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is making another attempt to add a third U.S. district judge. Simpson’s H.R. 3457, introduced last week, revives a bill he co-sponsored in 2010 with then-Democratic Rep.

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Idaho’s federal judges: financial crisis threatens function of 3rd branch

Idaho’s two top federal judges are warning the state’s congressional delegation that budget cuts threaten the judiciary’s ability to “continue to even function as a court and an independent branch of government.” Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill and

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