Fresno

Biden nominates Fresno judge to overworked Eastern District bench

President Joe Biden has nominated Fresno judge Ana de Alba to the federal bench, the White House announced Wednesday morning.

De Alba, 42, has served as a Fresno County Superior Court judge since 2018, nominated by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. Up for re-election in 2020, she didn’t draw an opponent. She currently handles juvenile justice cases.

She is the second judge nominated to the Eastern District of California by Biden. Jennifer Thurston, a federal magistrate assigned to the court in Bakersfield, was confirmed last year.

The Fresno-based Eastern District court has long been short of full-time judges.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.