With several high profile cases pending, including a capital murder trial, newly elected Teton County Prosecutor Billie Siddoway needed to carefully pick her deputy prosecutor.
Her choice was former prosecutor in Sublette County, Wyoming, Lindsey Blake.
Blake is certainly familiar with the area.
“I was born and raised in St. Anthony, Idaho,” she explained. “My parents are potato farmers up there.”
Blake studied at Idaho State University with a degree in political science. She then went on to law school at the University of Utah. But she passed her bar exam back in Idaho.
“I ended up taking a job with Brett King in Jackson, Wyoming,” she said. “I had done a legal internship for him… I did a lot of contract law in that office.”
Blake then moved back to Idaho, where she was a public defender in Bannock County for more than six years.
“I handled a whole variety of cases there,” she said. “I started with child protection, termination of parental rights, juvenile case load. Then I changed over to the criminal misdemeanor case load and the felony case load. It was interesting.”
Blake says she saw a few murder cases as public defender, including the "cold" case of Nori Jones, a woman murdered in 2004, which was subsequently re-opened with assistance from the cable television show, “Cold Justice,” according to the Idaho State Journal.
“I got to see some of the behind-the-scenes preparation on that case,” said Blake. The case is still ongoing.
Blake then became a prosecutor in Sublette County.
“The laws there are a little bit different,” said Blake. “Some of the things we treat a little harsher here in Idaho, they didn’t. I had to get used to it.”
Blake says she is ready to return to the Idaho mindset.
“Now it’s re-tracking to the Idaho train of thought,” she said. “I’m just excited to be working in this area. We have some interesting things going on.”
Siddoway says she was happy to get Blake on board and that Blake’s criminal experience complemented her own focus on civil litigation.
“She is highly regarded in the legal community as a rising star,” said Siddoway. “With a strong emphasis on criminal law, as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.”
Siddoway added that Blake has hit the ground running.
“Lindsey has been meeting with the sheriff and his staff, and they have already established a great rapport,” she said. “Strengthening the relationship between the Prosecutor's Office and the Sheriff's Office is one of my goals, and Lindsey will be key to making that happen.”