Finally a Nominee to The Empty Federal Court Seat In Idaho

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Having judges in place to help decide issues and cases is a necessary part of Justice.  Hopefully, this is a sign that a even in an incredibly partisan climate, the parties can come together on a nominee to help real people deal with real disputes. When a seat on the bench sits empty that delays justice and justice delayed is justice denied.

Congratulations to Judge Nye on his nomination and we hope the Senate undergoes its processed quickly so the wheels of justice can move forward.

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President Obama Nominates Judge David C. Nye to Serve on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Judge David C. Nye to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

“I am pleased to nominate Judge Nye to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with distinction.”

Judge David C. Nye:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho

Judge David C. Nye has served as a District Judge for Idaho’s Sixth Judicial District Court since 2007, where he presides over both civil and criminal matters.  Prior to his appointment to the bench, from 1987 to 2007, he worked at the law firm of Merrill & Merrill, Chartered, where he specialized in medical malpractice and insurance law.  He joined the law firm as an associate in 1987 and was elevated to partner in 1989.  Judge Nye began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable George G. Granata of Idaho’s Fifth Judicial District Court from 1986 to 1987.  He received his J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1986 and his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1982.

Idaho’s Senators also released a statement.


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced that Idaho District Judge David C.  Nye of Pocatello has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was done after negotiations with the White House and upon the advice given by the senators from Idaho. The senators stated that they enthusiastically seek the consent of the full Senate for confirmation.

“The nomination of Judge Nye is the result of a productive consultation process between the Idaho Senate delegation, the President and his team.  Judge Nye’s combined experiences as a litigator and his service to Idaho as a district judge make him well-qualified to serve Idaho as our next federal district court judge,” said Crapo.  “On top of his district court responsibilities, Judge Nye has presided over a highly successful diversionary felony drug court.  He has also served Idaho’s legal community through his work on the Idaho Supreme Court felony sentencing and judicial education committees.  Additionally, Judge Nye has taken on the responsibility of ensuring that all judges in Idaho are effective in their service by playing an active role in the mentoring and training of new judges throughout our state.  As I have told the President, I am committed to working diligently and enthusiastically to obtain the consent of the Senate for Judge Nye’s confirmation.”

“This has been a long and difficult process as we worked through potential candidates,” said Risch.  “All applicants were considered and several vetted at various levels. The parties worked in good faith to reach an agreement. I am happy that we have settled on a sound and principled jurist who will be an outstanding judge.”

Nye is a California native who graduated from Brigham Young University and the BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School. He has served as the 6th District Judge in Idaho for nine years. Prior to that, he had been with the Pocatello law firm of Merrill & Merrill for 20 years. He and his wife Katre have eight children.

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