After months of citizen-led, grassroots protests outside the Kenai Courthouse, a state grand jury is now investigating allegations of longstanding corruption within Alaska’s judicial system.

Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor has recently convened a Kenai grand jury, which has already heard hours of evidence alleging that there has been decades of coverup to protect corrupt and compromised judges.

To maintain the momentum, concerned citizens are now manning a booth at the Soldotna Wednesday Market (Soldotna Creek Park) to hand out flyers and wave signs. The Market goes runs until the end of August, and judicial reform advocates associated with a group called Alaska Grand Jury Rights will be spearheading the educational effort on the 17th, 24th and 31st of August.

Marla Greenstein, executive director of AK Commission on Judicial Conduct

Specifically, the group aims to address two pressing and immediate issues.

Marla Greenstein, Alaska’s only judge investigator for the last 33 years and counting, is accused of falsifying official judge investigations, which the Alaska Grand Jury Rights coalition says has allowed corrupt judges to continue ruling over Alaska citizens.

The second allegation is that Superior Court Judge Jennifer Wells and Alaska Dept. Attorney General John Skidmore have unlawfully ordered multiple grand juries to stop investigating Marla Greenstein, which Alaska Grand Jury Rights says amounts to the felony crime of jury tampering and interference with official proceedings.

Greenstein is the longtime executive director of the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, which oversees the conduct of justices of the Alaska Supreme Court, judges of the state court of appeals, state superior court judges, and state district court judges.

An official criminal complaint against Judge Wells, submitted by Alaska Grand Jury Rights leader David Haeg last month, notes that on June 29 a Kenai grand jury, by majority vote, decided to investigate evidence of public corruption within Alaska’s judicial system.

“Prior to witnesses being sworn or evidence presented, Judge Wells ordered the grand jury to stop investigating and permanently dismissed the grand jurors from duty,” the complaint states. “Jurors never got to see or hear anything; not even direct evidence that the only investigator of Alaska’s judges for the last 30 years and counting (Marla Greenstein) is falsifying official investigations to keep corrupt judges on the bench – and then falsifying certified documents to cover up.”

Alaska Superior Court Judge Jennifer Wells

The complaint adds that in March, Judge Wells and Dept. Attorney General Skidmore stopped a separate grand jury for investigating the exact same matter.

Haeg’s complaint warned that failure to allow the grand jury to conduct the investigations would result in a sit-in at the Kenai Courthouse, where scores of protesters have already been assembling every Wednesday outside the building.

The issue has gained increased traction across the Kenai Peninsula. Earlier this year, the Kenai Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution, protesting the unconstitutional suspension of grand jury investigations for the past three decades. The Homer City Council, Nikiski Community Council and Funny River Community Association have passed similar resolutions, and State Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) has been publicly outspoken on the issue.

Those who wish to participate in the upcoming events at the Soldotna Wednesday Market can contact Haeg at 907-398-6403 or Attendees will be waving signs from 4-6 p.m. each day when the market is most busy.

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Mounting protests lead to Alaska grand jury investigation of judicial corruption

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.


  • Lobo says:

    It would be nice to see the judicial oversight of judicial nominations for vacant seats blocked also.. Sitting judges should have no input on a judicial nominee… That has only served to assure that judges that fit into their political points of views are approved to sit with them.. A solid mechanism to assure continued judicial corruption.

  • Johnny says:

    Tsk, tsk.

  • Marty Anderson says:

    I have also filed a complaint with Greenstien. Kenai Judge Fallon signed a search warrant riddled with gross errors like future dates, wrong addresses and other errors (19 in all). The complaint was false filed by a competitor and the officer knowingly submitted false evidence
    Corruption is real

  • Beth Fread says:

    It’s about time!

  • Sharon Alice Turner says:

    who said : Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing?

  • D. A. Bolt says:

    There is one glaringly missing piece of information in this article which is critically important. Our GJ system was set up by our Constitutional delegates to make sure citizens had access to the Grand Juries. The State maintains THEY control the juries. This is patently FALSE and can be proved by reading the delegates transcripts.
    When the evidence heard in this articles reference, there was a State prosecutor sitting in and directing the jurors. The State has no business in the juror room while they are taking testimony. Particularly when the jurors are hearing of corruption of STATE OFFICIALS!!
    The fox guarding the henhouse.