Beleaguered Alaska Supreme Court Justice Susan Carney is being highlighted at this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives just two and a half weeks before Alaskans vote to oust or retain her on the state’s high court. Carney is currently campaigning to keep her spot on the court after a grassroots effort to unseat her was launched earlier this month.

Carney has a record of legislating from the bench and voting to strike down or alter laws that have been duly approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor. In particular she is under fire for ordering the state pay for elective abortions, ruling against the statutory Permanent Fund Dividend and relaxing laws against sex offenders. Most recently she joined a ruling ordering the state to abandon its long-standing practice of authenticating absentee ballots through a witness signature requirement.

Carney recently launched a website to defend her record in the lead up to the Nov. 3 election. If 51% of Alaskans vote to remove her, Carney’s position on the Supreme Court would end after just four years.

The AFN schedule states that Carney will address “the state of the judiciary” during her remarks. Her talk comes shortly before that of Susanne DiPietro, the executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council. DiPietro will highlight the judicial retention process, the means by which Alaskans can either vote to retain or oust sitting judges. The Alaska Judicial Council, which has a history of supporting liberal judges, has urged voters to back Carney’s retention.

Carney’s talk begins on Friday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. DiPietro will speak at 2:40 p.m. Click here to watch.

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Controversial AK Supreme Court justice given stage at AFN 18 days before her election

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Andrew Otto says:

    Us Supreme Court just ruled on another’s states challenge that absentee ballots must have a witness signature.
    That should void our state supreme court’s ruling as well.
    We must get rid of the Democrats political arm. The Alaska Judicial Council.
    They are controlled by liberal democrats and feed only liberal Democrat names to fill open judgeship. Even republican governors are forbidden to name anyone not on the democrats recommended lisrt=a

    • Soldotna Jim says:

      This is a nonsensical argument. The judicial council has 3 members that are filled by the governor. Those members include Kristie Babcock of Soldotna who Dunleavy just sat. Please explain to me how the board is “controlled by liberal democrats” when the members are filled by the governor.

      • John J Otness says:

        The Governor is given a short list of hand picked judges by an ultra liberal panel. thats how,,,

      • P. E. says:

        It is my understanding that the governor is only allowed to seat judges on the Alaska Judicial Council submitted to him by the Alaska Bar Association, and only allowed to seat judges on the Alaska Supreme Court submitted to him by the Alaska Judicial Council. If there is some other chain, please enlighten us.

  • Robin Mitchell says:

    If Susan Carney as she claims, was a champion for the children while a GAL, how many now adults have come forward endorsing her?
    How many kids did she stop OCS from ripping from good families or how many how come forward thanking her for saving them from a bad situation?
    Most should be adults now, where are the children she claims to have saved?

  • I was referred to your web site for your review of the judges up for election/reelection and found your review very helpful in making my decision. However, the 12 of 22 leave a large gap, do you have the same type of review for the remaining ten judges?