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Ralph Beistline

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Ralph Beistline
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Alaska
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   3/19/2002 - Present
Chief:   2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Russel Holland
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Fairbanks, AK
Undergraduate:   University of Alaska, B.A., 1972
Law School:   University of Puget Sound School of Law, J.D., 1974

Ralph R. Bestline is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

A native Alaskan, Bestline graduated from the University of Alaska with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1974.[1]

Professional career

After law school, Bestline was a law clerk for three Superior Court Judges in the Alaska Superior Court from 1974 to 1975. The remainder of his pre-judicial legal career was spent in private practice, licensed in the State of Alaska. In 1992, Beistline became a superior court judge in Fairbanks.[1]

Judicial career

District of Alaska

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski, Beistline was nominated by President George W. Bush on November 8, 2001 to a seat vacated by Russel Holland as Holland assumed senior status. Beistline was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 12, 2002 on an unopposed 98-0-2 vote[2] and received commission March 19, 2002.[1]

Notable cases

Joshua Wade case (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Alaska (Alaska v. Joshua Wade)

Judge Ralph Beistline presided in the trial of Joshua Wade. Wade was charged with murder and carjacking which is considered a federal offense. On January 4, 2010, the judge ordered the trial delayed until August of 2010 to make sure DNA evidence was gathered.[3] However, in February 2010, Wade confessed to two murders in a plea deal. The confession spared him the death penalty, which is the punishment for a murder conviction in federal court.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Russel Holland
District of Alaska
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

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