Ricardo Martinez

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Ricardo Martinez
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #8
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   6/16/2004 - Present
Preceded by:   104 Stat. 5089
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Mercedes, TX
Undergraduate:   U. of Washington, B.S., 1975
Law School:   U. of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1980

Ricardo Martinez is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He joined the court in 2004 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Martinez was born in Mercedes, Texas and raised in Lynden, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington with his bachelor's degree in 1975 and later from the University of Washington School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1980.[1][2]

Professional career

Martinez began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from 1980 to 1990 before becoming Superior Court Judge in the King County, Washington Superior Court from 1990 to 1998.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Washington

Martinez was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington by President George W. Bush on October 14, 2003 to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089, which was approved by Congress. Martinez was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 2004 on a majority vote and received commission on June 16, 2004.[3].

Notable cases

Glacier Northwest case (2009)

  United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
     *Preserve Our Islands v. Shorelines Hearings Board Nos. 55655-0-I, 55656-8-I
On August 13, 2009, Judge Martinez ruled against Glacier Northwest to halt construction on a new pier project in Washington State which was deemed controversial. The judge found in his ruling that federal agencies did not enforce environmental laws when giving Glacier Northwest the permit to build the pier. The project was halted until federal agencies investigated the environmental impact towards Chinook Salmon and southern resident Orca whales which were on the federal endangered species list.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Western District of Washington
Seat #8
Succeeded by: