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Fri., May 15, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Durkan named U.S. attorney for W WA

Seattle attorney Jenny Durkan was nominated today by the Obama Administration to be the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington.

OK, so where have you heard that name before?

Durkan was legal counsel to Gov. Chris Gregoire, and a political adviser to her during the 2004 gubernatorial campaign. She also was part of the legal team that successfully beat back the Republican challenge to Gregoire's victory over Dino Rossi in the second recount.

She was among the legal heavyweights who descended upon Wenatchee in late May through early June of 2005 for the big showdown in Chelan County Superior Judge John Bridges' court room.

For those wondering about the job for the Eastern Washington District, word is that Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby's nomination is still making its way through the vetting process.

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