Following years as a prosecutor for Ada County, the City of Nampa and as head of special prosecutions for the Idaho Attorney General's Office, Melissa Moody has been picked by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to become a judge for the Fourth District Court. Moody's term begins Saturday, June 30, when she replaces retiring Judge Michael McLaughlin.
"The Judicial Council sent me an outstanding slate of candidates, but Melissa stood out," said Otter. "She will be a fine judge and a credit to the Fourth Judicial District.”
Moody also worked for approximately a year as a criminal law specialist for the American Bar Association in Tbilisi in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Among the Idaho cases she has handled was representing Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in his lawsuit against the State Land Board—of which both Wasden and Otter are members—over policies for leasing state endowment lands.