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USA Joseph Harrington

Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney

On May 4, 2018,  pursuant to the Vacancies Reform Act,  the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington appointed Joseph H. Harrington as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

U. S. Attorney Harrington worked for the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 1990.  During his tenure in the office he has held the positions of First Assistant U. S. Attorney, Criminal Chief, Deputy Criminal Chief, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Coordinator, and Health Care Fraud Coordinator.  Harrington was involved with the prosecutions of: Kevin W. Harpham, an avowed white supremacist who planted a sophisticated remotely-controlled IED along the route of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity March in Spokane; the Phineas Priest domestic terrorism case involving bank robberies and bombings of a Planned Parenthood office and a Spokane newspaper facility; and the Karl F. Thompson / Otto Zehm civil rights case.  He has litigated both criminal and civil cases and argued dozens of cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

USA Harrington received his J.D. from Gonzaga University in 1986, where he was a Thomas Moore Scholar (full academic scholarship) and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Gonzaga Law Review. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Engineering.  He is married and has three children.




Updated May 4, 2018

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