Ricketts Appoints Judge Ashford's Replacement

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has appointed James Masteller of Omaha to the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District.  

The 45 year old Masteller serves as a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County.  In his 17 years with the Douglas County Attorney's Office, Masteller has worked in the Juvenile and Criminal Divisions while trying 58 jury trials.  

Before serving as Deputy County Attorney, Masteller was a Federal Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Shanahan with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. 

 Masteller replaces Judge Mark Ashford, who died of a stroke at the courthouse in early August.



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