Breaking: Dunleavy Administration makes slashing victim whole on his PFD


The convoluted case of a 26-year-old man, Stephen Hansell, who had been a survivor of a mad slasher at Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage when he was a child, has a new twist.

The young man’s story was highlighted in the Anchorage Daily News, because his Permanent Fund dividend had been garnished since 2014, after his name had been added to a lawsuit relating to the case, which had failed in court.

As a result of that outcome, Hansell’s dividend was taken by the courts to pay for the legal fees for the lawsuit. His parents also had their dividends garnished. The Hansells were caught in an unfair situation they had not created.

Dunleavy read about the case in the ADN, and had advised Attorney General Kevin Clarkson to see what could be done.¬†Simultaneously, Clarkson saw the story and thought something wasn’t right. He and the governor were thinking the same thing.

At the same time, Hansell reached out to Gov. Michael Dunleavy on Facebook, and asked for help. The governor’s staff reached back to Hansell and set up a meeting.

That didn’t take long.

Hansell met with Dunleavy and Clarkson this morning and they told him about the release of the judgment, which took place yesterday. They gave him a folder with the official documents.

To say Hansell was overjoyed is an understatement.

Click here to read the ADN story about the garnishment.

This story will be updated. Check back later.


  1. Thank you, Governor Dunleavy and Attorney General, Kevin Clarkson!! A family member of mine was also involved in the horrible attack. When I read the story I was astounded! Talk about adding injury to injury. Justice done!!

  2. There is far too much injustice in the Alaska court system. Take Weidner Property Management for example. Individuals who have been wronged by Weidner are further wronged in court. Weidner is not held accountable even when a person files suit for justice to be served. Weidner invests in Ak Superior Court as he is provided protection from performing under Civil Rules of Pricedure. And granted motions suppressing professional reporting of mold conditions. Yet, heresay of the fly by night property managers is allowed.

  3. Suzanne, thank you for stories such as this one. It gives s little bit of reprieve from the day to day nastiness of politics. We can all celebrate a nice outcome.

  4. Glad to see some Empathy from the Administration…
    Now while the checkbook is open, just reimburse everyone for the PFD’s garnished under the Walker Administration.

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