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Wenatchee Lawyer Nominated to be Federal Judge in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The White House has nominated a lawyer from Wenatchee to be the newest federal judge for Eastern Washington. 

If approved by the Senate, Stanley Bastian would replace Judge Edward Shea on the bench in Richland. 

Bastian graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1983. He has served as an assistant city attorney in Seattle and as a state Appeals Court law clerk. He joined a Wenatchee firm in 1988.

In the 1990s Bastian was hired by Douglas County to defend sheriff's investigators and prosecutors who were sued for their roles in the discredited Wenatchee sex ring case.

Shea was the first federal judge to be based full-time in the Tri-Cities and went on senior status in June 2012, with a reduced workload.

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