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For 50 years, this Vietnam vet’s heart ached for refugees. Now the retired judge is taking action.

By Bill Manny, Idaho Statesman

For 50 years, Jim Jones has nursed an aching heart.

As a Republican attorney general, candidate for Congress and Senate, and as an Idaho Supreme Court justice, he wasn’t able to do much to ease that heartache.

Since retiring from the court in January, he’s making up for lost time. He’s speaking to any organization that will have him. He’s writing for any website or publication that will print his opinions. He’s recruiting lawyers to do free legal work for refugees. And he’s helping organize legal seminars and offering refugees legal assistance himself, such as to the young man from the Congo who had his car repossessed four days after he bought it, or the woman from Yemen who faced obstacles opening a neighborhood daycare.

He’s a man on a mission.

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