Byron Johnson

4:08 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice And Poet, Byron Johnson Dies At 75

Excerpted from the Idaho Statesman's photo caption: "Byron Johnson pitched for Boise High School, once striking out future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. At Harvard, where he earned undergraduate and law degrees, he also made the varsity team."
Idaho Statesman

Sunday we learned that former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Byron Johnson passed away after a battle with cancer.

He was a lawyer and a political mover and shaker.  But in his heart, Byron Johnson was a poet.  “I think that poetry is a vehicle that I have used to deal with feelings I have that are hard to resolve,” he once said.

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Arts & Culture
6:35 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Poetic Justice: New Memoir From Former ID Supreme Court Justice

Original journals and manuscript that became the book "Poetic Justice"
Samantha Wright/BSPR Boise State Public Radio

He's been a lawyer, a political mover and shaker, and a former Idaho Supreme Court Justice.  But at heart, Byron Johnson has always been a poet.  Now that he's retired, Johnson has devoted much of his time to writing poetry and his memoir. That book "Poetic Justice" is now out. It's pages are filled with his early childhood, court cases and yes, poems. Byron Johnson - who has battled Parkinson’s disease and cancer - told Samantha Wright that poetry has always had a place in his life:

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