Three apply for 5th District
May to retire May 1
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
Blaine County Magistrate Judge
Robert Elgee and two Twin Falls attorneys have applied to replace
retiring 5th District Judge James J. May, who is retiring May 1 after 17
years on the bench.
The Idaho Judicial Council,
comprising seven lay and legal members and chaired by Supreme Court
Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout, will interview Elgee and attorneys
Richard Greenwood and Thomas Kershaw Jr. The interviews, which are open
to the public, begin at noon Wednesday, March 31, in the district
courtroom of the Blaine County Judicial Building.
The council will then make a
recommendation to Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. Kempthorne will pick May’s
Elgee has been a magistrate judge
in Blaine County for more than a decade. Greenwood, a private attorney
in Twin Falls, was a finalist for a 5th District judge
position that opened when Judge Rober Burdick was appointed to the Idaho
Supreme Court. Kershaw also applied for that post.
The public is invited to comment
on the candidates by answering questionnaires that are available through
county clerk offices of all of the counties in the 5th
Judicial District. Comments are required by March 10.
May, who turned 78 on Dec. 17,
said he plans to write, take care of his yard in Hailey and to enjoy 12
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His son and grandson are
lawyers in his old Twin Falls firm. A daughter is on the staff of the
University of California.
He also may gain the title of
senior judge to handle some court duties in emergencies.
His successor will serve out the
rest of May’s term until the 2006 election.
May was Twin Falls County
prosecutor from 1961 to 1966 and was the first public defender for the
county in the 1970s. He was appointed to the bench in 1986 by then Gov.
As a private attorney, May
represented daredevil Evel Knievel, whose ill-fated attempt to leap the
Snake River gorge in a custom-made rocket vehicle in 1974 drew worldwide
May flew to the gorge by
helicopter with $4,000 to pay personnel working on the planned stunt.
He also presided in the 13-week
trial of Mitchel Odiaga, who was convicted of killing two people on the
streets of Ketchum. Odiaga is serving a life sentence.