Patrick Diamond (’86) Appointed to Second Judicial District Court
JUNE 8, 2012—Patrick Diamond (’86) of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office has been appointed to the bench of Minnesota's Second Judicial District Court (Ramsey County), Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced June 1, 2012. Diamond and an additional appointee, Public Defender Leonardo Castro, will fill vacancies created by the appointment of Judge Edward J. Cleary (’77) to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judge Steven D. Wheeler.
Since January 2007, Diamond has been Deputy Hennepin County Attorney for the Criminal Divisions, which include Victim Services, Special Litigation, and Community, Juvenile, and Adult Prosecution. In 2009 he represented Hennepin County before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding videotaped testimony in criminal trials, arguing that all states should go by the same federal rule. Benjamin Butler (’01) then a Hennepin County Public Defender, represented the opposing side, citing the right of the accused to cross-examine the accuser.
Previously, also in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Diamond managed the Special Litigation Division, supervising appellate, white collar, and vulnerable-adult cases, and was Deputy Hennepin County Attorney in the Civil Division. He also was an associate working on civil appellate and litigation matters with Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly.
Diamond co-chairs the Minnesota County Attorneys Association's Task Force on Election Law Reform. He is a member of the Hennepin County Justice Integration Project and the Eliminating Racial Disparities Committee for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative of the Fourth Judicial District.