Edward Lodge

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Edward Lodge
Senior Judge
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
Assumed office
July 3, 2015
Chief Judge
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
Preceded by Harold Ryan
Succeeded by B. Lynn Winmill
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
November 27, 1989 – July 3, 2015
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Marion Callister
Succeeded by vacant
Personal details
Born (1933-12-03) December 3, 1933 (age 83)
Caldwell, Idaho, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Patti Anne Lodge
Alma mater Boise Junior College
A.A., 1955
College of Idaho
B.A., 1957
University of Idaho
LL.B., 1961[1]

Edward J. Lodge (born December 3, 1933)[2] is a Senior Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho in Boise, Idaho.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Caldwell, Idaho, Lodge graduated from Caldwell High School and briefly attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.[4] He was a two-time junior college All-American quarterback at Boise Junior College in 1953 and 1954.[5] He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of Idaho in Caldwell in 1957, and graduated from the University of Idaho's College of Law in Moscow in 1961.[1][4]

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 Judicial District in Canyon County, and presided at the double-murder trial of mountainman Claude Dallas in 1982, a case which received national notoriety.[6][7][8][9] He was later appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Idaho from 1988 to 1989.[5]

When Judge Marion Callister of the U.S. District Court in Boise took senior status in 1989,[10] Lodge was recommended by Senator Jim McClure to fill the seat.[11] President George Bush nominated Lodge and he was confirmed with unanimous consent from the U.S. Senate on November 21.[10][12] 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.[13]

Lodge was the target of a foiled murder plot in 1998.[14] He is married to Patti Anne Lodge, a state senator from Huston in Canyon County.[3]

Notable cases[edit]

Lon Horiuchi[edit]

In 1998, Lodge acted as the presiding Judge in the case of Idaho v. Lon T. Horiuchi, which involved the indictment of the FBI sniper who shot three people during the Ruby Ridge standoff in 1992. Lodge cited the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and dismissed the charges against Horiuchi, which angered many who felt the leniency was unmerited.

Sami Al-Hussayen[edit]

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.


  1. ^ a b "Edward Lodge biography". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  3. ^ a b Russell, Betsy Z. (July 7, 2013). "Judge celebrates 50 years on the job". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Edward J. Lodge". U.S. Courts: District of Idaho. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Zager, Joey (August 27, 2010). "A long and distinguished record". Boise State University Athletics. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dallas pleads innocent; trial set Sept. 7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. May 18, 1982. p. 1B. 
  7. ^ Kennedy, John (October 21, 1982). "Dallas convicted of manslaughter". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. p. 1A. 
  8. ^ "Bail rejected for trapper Dallas". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. February 4, 1983. p. 1. 
  9. ^ Kenyon, Quane (November 21, 1985). "Claude Dallas Jr.'s appeal rejected". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. A6. 
  10. ^ a b "Idaho judge gains approval of Sentate panel". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 17, 1989. p. B3. 
  11. ^ "McClure nominates Lodge for judgeship". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 14, 1989. p. B3. 
  12. ^ "Lodge confirmed as Idaho federal judge". Idahonian. Moscow. November 23, 1989. p. 5A. 
  13. ^ "Judge Lodge to take senior status, Idaho to get new federal judge" The Spokesman-Review, September 24, 2014
  14. ^ "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
Harold Ryan
Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
Succeeded by
B. Lynn Winmill
Preceded by
Marion Callister
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho