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Judge Burgess retires from U.S. District bench

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Timothy Mark Burgess, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, is retiring. He was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush, and has served as the chief judge since 2015.

The U.S. District Court has three judges. Judge Sharon Gleason is a President Barack Obama appointee, and Judge Joshua Kincaid was appointed by President Donald Trump. Burgess was appointed by President George W. Bush. With his departure and an appointment to be made by President Biden, Alaska’s federal court will tilt left. Already, the senior member, Judge Gleason, is responsible for multiple decisions that have decimated Alaska’s energy-based economy in favor of the anti-development industry.

Burgess was born in California and graduated from Canada College with an associate’s degree in 1976. Later he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and a master’s in business administration, before pursuing his law degree at Northeastern University Law School.

He was in private practice from 1987 to 1989, and then was named Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska from 1989 to 2001.

He was appointed to the court in 2005 by President Bush upon the recommendation of the late Sen. Ted Stevens and then-Sen. Frank Murkowski, and was confirmed in 2006.

Also on the court, on senior status as semi-retired, are Judges H. Russel Holland, James K. Singleton,  John W. Sedwick, and Ralph R. Beistline.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Some of these judges go on “senior status” which means they still can sit on the bench.
    eg. Federal judge Ralph Beistline.

  • Sad news indeed. Sleepy Joe will appoint his replacement.

    • No, Hussein Obama will

  • Appointed by Bush means a leftist already. Appointed by Biden means a Marxist.

  • I wonder if this was the same judge that signed off on that BS warrant against the Hueper’s? If so. Good riddance.

  • So now Alaska’s district court will have two communists and one RINO, rather than two RINOs and one communist. Every level of Alaska’s judicial system is now dominated by the far left

  • When will enough be enough.
    I don’t think “this”, the Great Reset ends well.
    Either enslavement of the American people or an armed revolution – similar to what happened in the Balkans in the early 90’s.
    I pray for revolution so FreeMen can stay free.
    AkPureBlood.

    • Pure Blood? What is this, Nazi Germany?

      • Not yet, but give China Joe and his puppetmasters another year or two and we should be there.

    • lol what are you even talking about?

    • Your ridiculously charged rhetoric is problematic and scary.

      • It is actually reasonable and sensible rhetoric, forced on rational and freedom-loving people by the ever more aggressive and accelerating totalitarianism of the so-called left.

        • You are obviously a troll. No actual conservative would call himself a Pure Blood

          • And you are obviously lacking in reading comprehension, as I made no such claim, nor explicitly or even implicitly agreed to such. Or do you not understand that my agreement with that poster’s comment related to his comment and not to his chosen handle here?
            .
            Aside from that, why might not any actual conservative call himself or herself a “pure blood”? It is clear from the context that “pure blood” here relates to not having received the unsafe and ineffective Wuhan Virus jabs that masquerade as vaccines, not to any Nazi-esque racial nonsense.

          • PureBlood’s are people who refuse to take the experimental gene therapy.
            Jeez, are yiu that out of touch?…

  • POTUS is determined to destroy Alaska, though I doubt he’s conscious of it…

  • POTUS is determined to destroy America, we are one of 50…
    Impeach Xiden for his traitorous actions, use the 25th already, before a replacement judge is named.
    This is absurd, our state is over with this court packing.
    Judges that don’t actually use any judgement at all, they are mouthpieces of a political party.
    How do we recall/impeach them?

  • So sad to see this state fall, just like Oregon and Washington. Once great states and wonderful places to live, now entering into a state of decay. Leftist judges and if a Leftwing governor gets elected its over for Alaska.

    • We’re already halfway there with Dunleavy. Weak RINO on most issues, including spending, ,the PFD, and voter fraud. Our next governor will be handpicked by Dominion so I expect Big Mike is auditioning for “reappointment” in 2022

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