Cassia County Deputy Prosecutor Blaine Cannon (pictured with his parents Peter and Arlene Cannon and Cassia County Prosecutor Al Barrus) holds a plaque that honors him as Idaho Prosecutor of the Year. (Photo courtesy of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association)
By C. COLT CRANE
BOISE – The Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association met in Boise during their annual Winter Conference to honor Idaho attorneys of outstanding merit. Among the honors handed out at the conference, Mini-Cassia Deputy Prosecutor Blaine Cannon was awarded the Idaho Prosecutor of the Year award by the IPAA
Cannon, a 1996 law school graduate of Brigham Young University was nominated by Cassia County Prosecutor Al Barrus for the award. Cannon has been a Deputy Prosecutor for Cassia County for eleven years.
“It was pretty surprising,” Cannon said, “It’s definitely an honor and it makes me feel good about what I’ve been doing. It gives me a lot of incentive to try to do better because I know there are a lot of other prosecutors in the state that are very qualified. It was a good surprise.”
Cannon is one of the Deputy Prosecutors for the Cassia County area. Cannon works under the Cassia County Prosecutor Al Barrus and handles all of the felony cases for the area.
“I spend a lot of time talking to the detectives just because they end up handling a lot of the felony cases,” Cannon said.
Cannon spoke on his work and the cases that are distinguishing examples of the necessity of his job. For Cannon, the most difficult cases to work are that ones that involve children and reports of abuse.
“Just handling those cases you realize how important this job is and really how difficult it can be to get justice,” said Cannon, “Those are the hardest cases, but when it’s all done you feel the best about your job and what you’re doing.”
Cannon spoke about the people he worked with in the county as well as his local office and wanted to make a point of thanking the people who do a lot of behind the scenes work without much recognition.
“I think that when a case ends up in court, that’s usually the end result of a lot of work behind the scenes,” said Cannon, “The Sheriff’s Office, if they don’t do a good investigation and put together a strong case I’m not going to have much success.”
Cannon elaborated on the background work that goes into a successful court case.
“With the staff here and the secretaries, there’s a lot of paperwork and probably people don’t always recognize that because once it ends up in court it’s my case and that’s what people see. A lot of hard work goes unnoticed.”