Edward Lodge

Edward James Lodge[2] (born December 3, 1933)[2] is an inactive Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho in Boise, Idaho.[4]

Edward J. Lodge
Edward J. Lodge.jpg
circa 2014 [1]
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Assumed office
July 3, 2015
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
In office
1992–1999
Preceded byHarold Ryan
Succeeded byB. Lynn Winmill
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
In office
November 27, 1989 – July 3, 2015
Appointed byGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byMarion Callister
Succeeded byDavid Nye
Bankruptcy Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho[2]
In office
January 7, 1988 – November 27, 1989[2]
Judge of the Third Judicial District of Idaho[2][3]
In office
January 20, 1965 – January 6, 1988[2]
Appointed byRobert E. Smylie
Judge of the Canyon County Probate Court[2]
In office
June 1963 – January 19, 1965[2]
Personal details
Born
Edward James Lodge

(1933-12-03) December 3, 1933 (age 87)
Caldwell, Idaho
Spouse(s)Patti Anne Lodge
EducationBoise Junior College (AA)
College of Idaho (BA)
University of Idaho College of Law (LLB)

EducationEdit

Born in Caldwell, Idaho, Lodge graduated from Caldwell High School and briefly attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.[3] He was a two-time junior college All-American quarterback at Boise Junior College in 1953 and 1954.[5]

Lodge earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Idaho in Caldwell in 1957, and graduated from the University of Idaho's College of Law in Moscow with a Bachelor of Laws in 1961.[3][6]

Early careerEdit

Following law school, Lodge practiced law in Idaho from 1962 to 1963. He began his long judicial career in 1963 as a Probate Judge in Canyon County, and in 1965 became the youngest ever appointed to a district court in Idaho, at age 31.

Lodge served for nearly a quarter century as a district judge for the state's Third District in Canyon County, and presided at the double-murder trial of mountainman Claude Dallas in 1982, a case which received national notoriety.[7][8][9][10] He was later appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Idaho from 1988 to 1989.[5][6]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

When Judge Marion Callister of the U.S. District Court in Boise took senior status in 1989,[11] Lodge was recommended by Senator Jim McClure to fill the seat.[12] President George H. W. Bush nominated Lodge on October 30, 1989; he was confirmed with unanimous consent from the Senate on November 21 and received his commission on November 27.[11][13]

He served a term as chief judge for the District of Idaho from 1992 to 1999, and was succeeded as chief judge by B. Lynn Winmill. Lodge assumed senior status on July 3, 2015.[1][6]

Notable casesEdit

Ruby RidgeEdit

In the spring of 1993, Lodge was the presiding judge in the trial of Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris, defendants in the previous August's Ruby Ridge standoff in northern Idaho.[14][15][16][17]

Five years later in 1998, Lodge was also the presiding judge in the case of Idaho v. Lon T. Horiuchi,[18] which involved the indictment of the FBI sniper who shot three people at Ruby Ridge, killing one. Lodge cited the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and dismissed the charges against Horiuchi,[19] which angered many who felt the leniency was unmerited. It was narrowly overturned on appeal (6–5) by the Ninth Circuit in 2001,[20][21] but the Boundary County prosecutor opted not to pursue the charges brought by his predecessor in 1997.[22][23]

Sami Al-HussayenEdit

In 2004, Lodge presided over the trial of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen—accused of recruiting Islamic fanatics into participating in Jihad against the United States. On May 13, he ruled to disallow a defense witness to refer to a blood drive that Hussayen had run after September 11th to help the victims, nor that he had widely condemned the attacks.

PersonalEdit

Lodge was the target of a foiled murder plot in 1998.[24] He is married to Patti Anne Lodge, a state senator from Huston in Canyon County.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Russell, Betsy Z. (September 24, 2014). "Judge Lodge to take senior status, Idaho to get new federal judge". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Confirmation hearings on federal appointments : hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress ... on confirmation hearings on appointments to the federal judiciary .... pt. 3 (1991)
  3. ^ a b c "Edward J. Lodge". U.S. Courts: District of Idaho. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Russell, Betsy Z. (July 7, 2013). "Judge celebrates 50 years on the job". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Zager, Joey (August 27, 2010). "A long and distinguished record". Boise State University Athletics. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Lodge, Edward J. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  7. ^ "Dallas pleads innocent; trial set Sept. 7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. May 18, 1982. p. 1B.
  8. ^ Kennedy, John (October 21, 1982). "Dallas convicted of manslaughter". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 1A.
  9. ^ "Bail rejected for trapper Dallas". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. February 4, 1983. p. 1.
  10. ^ Kenyon, Quane (November 21, 1985). "Claude Dallas Jr.'s appeal rejected". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A6.
  11. ^ a b "Idaho judge gains approval of Senate panel". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 17, 1989. p. B3.
  12. ^ "McClure nominates Lodge for judgeship". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 14, 1989. p. B3.
  13. ^ "Lodge confirmed as Idaho federal judge". Idahonian. (Moscow). November 23, 1989. p. 5A.
  14. ^ Kreller, Kathleen (June 15, 1993). "Jury ready to deliberate in Weaver murder trial". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. p. 1A.
  15. ^ Miller, Dean (April 17, 1993). "Defense mistrial bid denied". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. B1.
  16. ^ Foster, J. Todd (June 15, 1993). "Stage set for final arguments". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  17. ^ "Jury begins deliberations today in Weaver, Harris trial". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. June 16, 1993. p. 4C.
  18. ^ "Idaho v. Horiuchi". FindLaw.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  19. ^ "Weaver says dismissal's no surprise". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. May 16, 1998. p. 10A.
  20. ^ Kravets, David (June 6, 2001). "Court: FBI shooter can be tried in Ruby Ridge slaying". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 1A.
  21. ^ Wilson, Mike (June 6, 2001). "Weaver cheers appeals court's ruling". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 9A.
  22. ^ Clouse, Thomas; Drumheller, Susan (June 15, 2001). "No last shot at Ruby Ridge". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  23. ^ Geranios, Nicholas K. (June 15, 2001). "Prosecutor will drop charges against sniper". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 1A.
  24. ^ "California man admits plot to kill Judge Lodge". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire reports. January 20, 2001. p. B2.

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Preceded by
Marion Jones Callister
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
1989–2015
Succeeded by
David Nye
Preceded by
Harold Lyman Ryan
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
1992–1999
Succeeded by
B. Lynn Winmill