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Judge Barbara Buchanan of Sandpoint, ID; incompetent boob


The state of Idaho presented Barbara A. Buchanan with a law license in 1983 after she graduated from the University of Idaho School of Law.


It should be noted that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter was duped into appointing Barbara appointed to be 1st District judge in Bonner County in 2013. Barbara didn’t get the appointment because she was the most qualified attorney in the greater Bonner County area. She got it because she was recognized as a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


In one matter, Barbara was assigned to preside over a case involving a failed golf course and residential development project in Bonner County known as the “Idaho Club.”


After the litigation was about to come to an end, Barb awarded attorney fees of $579,460.50 and costs of $41,479.69 that were apportioned between three defendants. Subsequently, the defendants filed an appeal of Barb’s award of costs, which led the appellate court to state in part in overturning the award of costs.

  • “The district court’s award of costs constituted an abuse of discretion.”
  • “We hold, however, that the court erred regarding the other two prongs of discretion: acting consistently with the legal standards applicable to the specific choices available to it and reaching its decision by the exercise of reason.”
  • “The district court abused its discretion in awarding some costs as a matter of right against NIR.”
  • “As an initial matter, the cost for computer-assisted research is not to be included in an award of costs. Such expenses may only be included as part of an attorney fee award.”

Obviously, Judge Buchanan doesn’t’ much give a damn how many times her decisions are reversed since she well knows that no judge in Idaho has ever been removed from the bench for being a moron. And moreover, she isn’t concerned with the costs incurred by Idaho taxpayers to correct her ignorant behavior.


As we speak (ca. January 2020), Barb continues to sit as a First Judicial District Court Judge in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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