Boise & Garden City

Judicial council seeks input on candidates to fill judge vacancy

Ten attorneys have applied for appointment to replace 4th District Judge Cheri Copsey, whose retirement takes effect Sept. 5.

Seven of the 10 also applied earlier this year for appointment to the seat vacated by Judge Thomas Neville. That appointment by Gov. Butch Otter is still pending.

Rebecca Arnold, who lost to Sam Hoagland last November in a race to replace retired Judge Mike Wetherell, is one of the applicants. Also in the field is Jonathan Medema, a deputy Ada County prosecutor who ran in the primary race for Wetherell's position.

Another deputy Ada County prosecutor, Jeffrey White, has also applied for the opening, along with public defender Tony Geddes.

All of them, along with Michael Doolittle and George Patterson, both of Boise; and Davis Vandervelde of Nampa, also applied to suceed Neville.

The other three seeking appointment to Copsey’s position are Michael Reardon, a 4th District magistrate, Gene Petty, a deputy Ada County prosecuting attorney, and Corey Rippee, a Boise attorney in private practice.

The 4th Judicial District covers courts in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. Co[sey handles cases in Ada and Elmore counties.

The Idaho Judicial Council has distributed questionnaires to other Idaho attorneys and is also seeking input from the public on the candidates' qualifications.

Completed questionnaires must be returned by May 11 to James D. Carlson, the council's executive director, at P.O. Box 1397, Boise, ID 83701.

The judicial council is scheduled to meet on June 4 to interview the candidates and select a group of nominees to forward to Gov. Butch Otter, who will make the appointment.