Q2 reports Ashley Harada, one of two recently added District Court judges in Yellowstone County, was sworn in Wednesday afternoon. Former U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull administered the oath of office to Judge Harada, saying “She’s going to be a great judge,” Harada worked with Cebull for nine years, adding “She’s going to exhibit integrity, honesty and fairness,” Harada thanked her family and friends, then she read from the Bible. She was elected by a razor-thin margin of 119 votes over Billings lawyer Juli Pierce in November. Pierce had held a 59-vote lead prior to the counting of 3,000 provisional ballots at the Yellowstone County Elections Office.

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