Monday, June 25, 2012

Idaho Judge, Charged With DUI, Resigns From Bench

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

An Idaho judge, charged in Boise in April for driving under the influence, has resigned.

Boise Police say 5th District Magistrate Judge Nicole Cannon had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit when she was stopped on April 19 near the Riverside Hotel on West Chinden Boulevard. Cannon faces an jury trial on Aug. 28 for the DUI charge. Eight judges disqualified themselves from hearing Cannon's case before 4th District Magistrate Judge Darla Williamson was assigned to the trial.

A former Minidoka County prosecuting attorney, Cannon was chosen to replace outgoing Judge Howard Smyser in January 2011. Her biography said that Cannon has "specialized in the prosecution of child sexual offenses, drug offenses and DUIs."

The Idaho Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to "conduct themselves in a manner that does not detract from public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."

Cannon's resignation, effective immediately, was announced in a statement released by 5th District Trial Court administrator Linda Wright. Recruitment for Cannon's replacement is already under way.

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