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Thursday, May 1, 2014


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San Diego Jurist Confirmed for Seat on Federal Bench


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed San Diego Superior Court Judge Cynthia A. Bashant as the next judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

The vote was 94-0.

Bashant has served on the San Diego Superior Court since 2000, handling both criminal and juvenile matters.  From 2009 to 2012, she was the presiding judge for the juvenile dependency and delinquency courts. 

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Bashant served as an assistant United States attorney in the district, a post she held for 11 years. She practiced civil litigation as an associate with Baker & McKenzie in San Diego from 1988 to 1989 and with Macdonald Halsted & Laybourne in that city from 1986 to 1988.

The judge-designate is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law and of Smith College.

Senators yesterday also voted 94-0 to confirm Daniel D. Crabtree, a partner in a Kansas City, Kan. law firm and general counsel to the Kansas City Royals baseball team, as a judge in the District of Kansas; 95-0 to approve Manish Shah, an assistant U.S. attorney, as judge for the Northern District of Illinois; 95-0 to place Stanley Allen Bastian, a managing partner of the Wenatchee, Wash. law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, on the District Court for the Eastern District of Washington; 95-0 for University of Memphis Counsel Sheryl Lipman’s confirmation as judge in the Western District of Tennessee; and 75-20 to confirm Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon David Levy as a federal judge for the District of Maine.

All of the votes against Levy came from Republicans.


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