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Unhappy with State AG’s ‘Completely Unsupported’ Opinion, Idaho House Speaker Goes Lawyer-Shopping

Posted Jan 24, 2012 2:00 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Dissatisfied with a legal opinion from the Idaho attorney general, the speaker of the state's house of representatives sought—and got—a more favorable ruling from a private practitioner.

Like the AG, the speaker, Lawrence Denney, is a Republican. However, that didn't prevent the state's Republican party from issuing a press release yesterday that called the conclusions AG Lawrence Wasden reached in his opinion "contrary to Idaho law settled over 45 years ago, and completely unsupported not only in Idaho, but every other jurisdiction that has addressed this issue," reports a post on the Idaho Statesman blog Commentary: Kevin Richert.

Based on the opinion the state GOP chairman and and Denney say they got from private practitioner Christ Troupis of Boise, they apparently plan to fire their appointed members of the state redistricting commission.

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