Several dozen judicial reform advocates showed up for the Aug. 18 pretrial conference of former Alaska Judge Margaret Murphy in a case that they hope will begin to expose longstanding corruption among Alaska judges and state officials. Murphy, who served as
This Friday, a pretrial hearing begins for former Alaska District Judge Margaret Murphy. In June she pleaded not guilty to felony perjury, but if convicted she faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000. The case has drawn considerable
A bill introduced by Senator Mike Shower (R-Wasilla) would significantly change the process by which district and appellate judges and magistrates are appointed to their positions. Currently, the Alaska Judicial Council, made up primarily of attorneys, gets
In his final State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, a visibly annoyed Chief Justice Daniel Winfree lashed out against anyone who dares to criticize the courts, or suggest that judges might be politically motivated in some
In an unusual show of public participation at Alaska Judicial Council hearings, roughly 30 Kenai Peninsula area residents turned out for a Jan. 23 public testimony on the nine applicants who applied to serve on the Kenai Superior Court. Many of the testifiers
It is the height of hypocrisy to believe that Alaska’s judiciary is “above the fray” of politics as a sort of wise and unbiased referee – a protector of the rule of law – to assist us citizen-peons in understanding the state and federal
By MICHAEL CHAMBERS – Alaska Freedom Alliance “All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.” –
The Alaska Judicial Council, a small but extremely powerful group that controls placement of all judges in Alaska – says it wants to hear from rank-and-file Alaskans regarding the suitability of 30 judges up for retention elections this year. After hearing
Chief Justice Joel Bolger, like many lawyers, is good with words, but the words have no real meaning. This is the lesson I learned during my first official session on the Alaska Judicial Council. I read the Chief Justice’s June 8, 2020 letter. Justice
Public testimony in a recent Senate Judiciary hearing was unanimously favored altering how Alaska selects appellate and district court judges. The Feb. 15 hearing dealt with Senate Bill 14, introduced by Sen. Mike Shower (R-Wasilla). The measure looks to curb
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