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Richard Jones

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This page is about the federal judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. If you are looking for the Georgia Municipal Court Judge, see Richard Jones (Georgia).

Richard Jones
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   10/29/2007 - Present
Preceded by:   John Coughenour
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Seattle, WA
Undergraduate:   Seattle U., Bachelor of Public Affairs, 1972
Law School:   University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1975

Richard A. Jones is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

A native of Washington, Jones graduated from Seattle University with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with his juris doctorate degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Jones began his career with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as a Community liaison officer from 1975 to 1977 and as a Deputy prosecuting attorney from 1977 to 1978. In 1978, Jones became a staff attorney for the Port of Seattle and served in that role until 1983. In 1983, Jones entered into private practice licensed in the State of Washington from 1983 to 1988. In 1988, Jones joined theU.S. Attorney's Officeas Assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington from 1988 to 1994. Jones later became a superior court judge in the King County Superior Court from 1994 to 2007.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Washington

Jones was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 19, 2007 to a seat vacated by John Coughenour. Jones was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 4, 2007 on a majority voice vote and received commission on October 29, 2007.[1][2]

Notable cases

Disability benefits case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
On September 5, 2009, Judge Jones ruled that the State of Washington must continue to issue benefits to over 1,000 disabled and elderly citizens. The judge found the state did not give proper notice to recipients who received benefits for social and medical therapy that their aid was going to be cut due to a budget shortfall. In the ruling, Judge Jones stated that the state violated due process rights, and told the state that they must respect every citizen's rights even in a budget crisis.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Coughenour
Western District of Washington
Seat #2
Succeeded by: