Trial Set in Twin Falls Judge’s DUI Case

2012-06-08T02:10:00Z Trial Set in Twin Falls Judge’s DUI CaseBy Alison Gene Smith Twin Falls Times-News

BOISE • A jury trial has been set in the excessive driving under the influence case for Twin Falls County 5th District Magistrate Judge Nicole Cannon.

Records clerks at the Ada County courthouse said Thursday the trial is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Aug. 28 in Boise.

Also Thursday in Boise, retired Ada County 4th District Magistrate Judge Darla Williamson was expected to hear a motion to suppress and a motion in limine, which are usually to exclude evidence. The outcome of the hearing was not immediately available Thursday; online court records were not updated Thursday evening, and Ada County court records clerks said their records also had not been updated.

Prosecuting attorney Christina Star and Cannon’s defense attorney Douglas Nelson could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Online records show the 4th District’s efforts to ensure impartiality: eight instances of judges disqualifying themselves from hearing Cannon’s case. A judge can choose to seek disqualification if he or she knows the defendant.

Boise police say Cannon had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit for a driver when she was cited for driving under the influence on April 19.

According to a Boise police report, she was cited for excessive driving under the influence and released after being stopped near the Riverside Hotel at 2900 W. Chinden Blvd.

The maximum punishment for excessive DUI is one year in jail, a $2,000 fine and a minimum one-year driver’s license suspension.

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