State Politics

Hearing set for nominee to be Idaho’s next federal judge

Judge David C. Nye
Judge David C. Nye

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for Judge David C. Nye, of Pocatello, at 7:30 a.m. Mountain time on Tuesday, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, announced Wednesday.

Those interested can watch the hearing live on the committee’s website, judiciary.senate.gov.

“Judge Nye’s combined experiences as a litigator and his service to Idaho’s state courts as a district judge make him extremely well-qualified to serve Idaho as our next federal district court judge,” Crapo said in a statement. “Judge Nye’s strong record of service shows Idaho will be well served by him joining the federal bench.”

Nye has been a judge for Idaho’s Sixth Judicial District for nine years and was in private litigation for 20 years, according to the release.

He’s part of a nationwide backlog of federal judges needing approval by Congress. Idaho is now one of 34 jurisdictions facing a “judicial emergency,” with the number of cases overwhelming the number of judges, according to the Judicial Conference of the United States, a group of judges that advises Congress.

Nye would replace Judge Edward Lodge, who announced his plans to retire in 2014 but agreed to stay on the job part time. Idaho has one other federal district judge; the state has been relying on visiting judges from Washington state, Utah, California, Colorado, Iowa and elsewhere to pick up the slack, with 25 to 30 judges from across the country volunteering to help.

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, echoed Crapo in his support for the nominee.

“After a long and very thorough process, Senator Crapo, the Obama Administration, and I agreed on Judge Nye to be considered as the next federal district court judge in Idaho,” Risch said in a statement. “Judge Nye is a sound and principled jurist and I look forward to this next step of the process as he sits before the Judiciary Committee.”

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