Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Magistrate judge returns home

Express Staff Writer

Retired 5th District Judge James May, left, welcomes Judge Israel to Blaine County?s Magistrate Court. Photo by Willy Cook

Blaine County dignitaries welcomed Magistrate Judge R. Ted Israel to Blaine County?s 5th Judicial District Magistrate Court with an informal reception Friday, Aug. 6, at the Blaine County Courthouse.

Israel succeeds Judge Robert El-gee as the new magistrate judge. Elgee was appointed to Blaine County?s 5th District bench this spring to succeed long-time 5th District Judge James May, who retired.

Blaine County?s newest judge brings a breadth of experience to the job. Israel arrives from Pocatello, where he has served as a magistrate judge for Bannock County since 1992.

The Blaine County position is a coming home of sorts. Israel returns to the Wood River Valley, where he grew up and graduated from Wood River High School.

?It all fell into place,? Israel remarked with a smile.

He explained that his wife, Susan, and their sons moved to the Wood River Valley a year ago. Susan actually beat him to the courthouse, where she works as a court reporter.

Before serving the courts, Israel was a partner in the McDermott Law Firm in Pocatello for nine years. He earned his bachelor?s degree from the College of Idaho and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Denver. He also taught classes at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

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