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Longest-serving judge to be honored by lawmakers

BOISE, Idaho -  Lawmakers aim to honor the longest-serving judge in Idaho history -- and husband of one of their own -- by recognizing his tenure.

The Senate State Affairs Committee Friday introduced the measure to honor U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge for his more than 50 years on the bench, including as a probate court judge, a state district judge, a federal bankruptcy judge and as a U.S. district judge since 1989.

Lodge, the spouse of Republican State Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, has overseen Idaho's biggest cases, from the Ruby Ridge standoff's aftermath to the death penalty case of Joseph Duncan, a convicted child killer.

Judge Lodge wasn't in committee Friday, but his wife said with a chuckle she would support the resolution, even if she might be perceived as relatively conflicted.