MIAMI (AP) — The Cuban-American spokeswoman for the Miami U.S. attorney's office has been named a federal magistrate judge and will work at the Fort Lauderdale courthouse.
Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno announced Tuesday the appointment of 52-year-old Alicia Valle. She replaces retiring magistrate Ted Bandstra and begins her duties on Aug. 12.
Valle came to the U.S. from Cuba at age 8. She later graduated from Rutgers University and Harvard Law School and has been an assistant federal prosecutor in South Florida since 1994. Since 2005 Valle has handled news media duties for the Miami-based office.
Magistrates preside over preliminary matters such as arraignments and conduct pretrial hearings, such as whether a suspect can be released on bail. They serve eight-year terms subject to reappointed by the higher-ranking district judges.