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RUPERT — Public officials, judges, co-workers, family and friends of Jonathan P. Brody gathered in the Minidoka County District courtroom Friday to wish him well and watch as he was sworn into office as a 5th Judicial District judge.

“The practice of law is a great career,” said 5th District Administrative District Judge Richard Bevan. “And it’s the only game where the best players sit on the bench. I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Jon will be one of those great players.”

Bevan said as Brody took his oath he hoped he would consider the words of Socrates, who said good judges hear courteously, answer wisely, consider soberly and decide impartially.

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick administered Brody’s oath of office and Brody’s wife, Robyn Brody, helped him don his judge’s robe afterward.

“There’s a quote that says, ‘The only people you should ever try to get even with are those who’ve helped you,’” Brody said. He added it will be unlikely that he will ever be able to do that.

Brody, a former deputy prosecutor for Minidoka County, has been on the bench for a couple of weeks now.

Brody said he was pleased to be able to continue to work in Minidoka County and said he owes a lot to former Minidoka County prosecutors Nicole Cannon and Lance Stevenson for the opportunity to work in their office.

Stevenson said Brody will be replaced by attorney Michael Tribe, who will start work in the prosecutor’s office on Monday.

Stevenson said he has only known Brody about a year but admired his ability to stay calm as a prosecutor.

“He will definitely be missed in our office,” Stevenson said.

Laurie Welch may be reached at lwelch@magicvalley.com or 208-312-5247.

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