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4 named finalists for ND district judgeship

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A committee screening candidates for a Bismarck-based judgeship has named four finalists.

They are Bismarck attorneys Steve Balaban, James Hill and Paul Myerchin, and Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Grosinger.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has about a month to pick from one of the four or ask for a new list of candidates.

Balaban and Grosinger earlier were named finalists to succeed retired South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen, but the nominating committee decided to start the process over because Grosinger held an office with a political party at the time he applied. That violates North Dakota's judicial conduct rules.

Grosinger no longer holds the political position and was eligible for the second round of applications.