Four attorneys considered for two Ramsey County judgeships

Gov. Mark Dayton is considering four attorneys to fill two openings on the Ramsey County District Court bench.

The four were recommended by the  Commission on Judicial Selection, and the two chosen will fill the seats vacated by the retirement of Judge Steven Wheeler and the appointment of Judge Edward Cleary to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The candidates:

  • Shawn Bartsh, who has a law practice in St. Paul where she handles personal injury cases and works as a conciliation court referee for Ramsey County. 
  • Leonardo Castro, the managing attorney for the Second Judicial District Public Defender’s Office where he is responsible for managing all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases in St. Paul and suburban courts.
  • Pat Diamond, currently the deputy Hennepin County attorney for criminal prosecution, where he is responsible for appellate, adult, juvenile, white collar, drug, property and gang prosecution functions.
  • Arthur Martinez, a Forensic Unit attorney with the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office who also has a solo practice, where he primarily handles criminal cases.

Dayton will interview the candidates and select two in the next few weeks.

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