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Federal Prosecutor Named as Magistrate Judge in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal prosecutor has been selected to serve as magistrate judge in Yakima's U.S. District Court to fill the vacancy of a retiring judge.

Assistant U.S. attorney, Mary Dimke, was recently appointed to replace Magistrate Judge James Hutton, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Dimke will begin her eight-year term on the magistrate's bench Jan. 14.
 
Dimke, a native of Asotin County, handled cases involving trafficking in counterfeit goods, tax evasion and child pornography as a federal prosecutor.
 
When she begins her new role as federal magistrate judge, she will preside over initial appearances and preliminary hearings in criminal cases.

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