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William Satterberg, a longtime Fairbanks attorney and former assistant attorney general for Alaska, has laid out a compelling argument for how to transform the way Alaska selects its judges.

Rather than letting the liberal leaning seven-member Alaska Judicial Council weed out all conservative applications for judgeships, Satterberg argues that Alaska should make the Judicial Council merely advisory with zero vetting power. They could offer their opinions on those applying for judgeships but the governor would still have the ability to choose solid constitutionalist judges. As things currently stand, conservative applicants never see the light of day because the Judicial Council refuses to forward their names to the governor.

Check out Satterberg’s column at the Alaska Policy Forum.

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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.


  • FedUP says:

    This state has fallen to the left, it will only get worse. The cowardly conservatives won’t ever fight back, so much for that second amendment meaning anything if left unused even as every aspect of our lives are now under ever changing orders.

    Last frontier my a$$. I’m moving on to more free pastures, good luck!

  • Kathrine says:

    Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37

  • Shane says:

    Amen Kathrine

  • Shane says:

    P.S. great article Mr. Davidson Alaskan courts have been tainted for decades!!!