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Seven apply for Alaska Supreme Court vacancy


The Alaska Judicial Council has released the names of the seven applicants for the vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court. Interviews of the applicants will take place in May, 2021 by the council’s seven-member body, made up of the Chief Justice, who is the one being replaced, three lawyers, and three members of the public. The council will send two or more names to the governor, and by law, he must choose from those names within 45 days of receiving them.

The applicants are:

Dani Crosby, a Superior Court judge in Anchorage and Alaska resident for over 24 years.

Jennifer Stuart Henderson, a Superior Court judge in Anchorage and Alaska resident for over 17 years.

Yvonne Lamoureux, a Superior Court judge in Anchorage and Alaska resident for over 17 years.

Margaret Paton-Walsh: An attorney with the Department of Law and Alaska resident for over 16 years.

Paul Roetman, a Superior Court judge in Kotzebue and resident of Alaska for over 48 years.

Ben Whipple, a private practice lawyer in Palmer and resident of Alaska for over 27 years.

Jonathan Woodman, a Superior Court judge in Palmer and resident of Alaska for over 21 years.

The vacancy has arisen with the announced retirement of Chief Justice Joel Bolger on June 30, 2021. Bolger’s replacement will be Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s second nominee to the five-member Alaska Supreme Court, but in reality, he has limited say, since the Judicial Council controls the process.

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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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  • The Alaska Supreme Court supports election dishonesty. No recourse when voters are disenfranchised. I would hope anyone new would be better than that.

  • The best that can be hoped for is that we will get the “least worst” person. The judicial selection process in Alaska is fundamentally flawed. Leftest attorneys will only permit Leftist attorneys to be considered. The only way to correct this problem is to vote “no” to retain all judges.

  • Most insecure residents are revealed when they apply and take jobs only because of its prestigious title. I liked to see these individuals humbled stocking grocer returned products on its shelves. I bet they are like most dont even know how to serve. They be damned to take any job serving the public from slave position. I bet their front house entrances arent even properly shoveled. Instead of shoveling their path after snow they wade through it. How much unrecognized service a person completes with a cheerful attitude exemplifies their character surpassing the prestige of Anyone of these judges.

  • Alaska needs to change the laws on how these Judges are selected. The tyranny we are experiencing with the Anchorage Assembly and Voter Fraud is supported by our Liberal judicial system. Next time we elect to keep a judge we should actually do our homework before we automatically vote them back in.

  • Governor Dunleavy can easily strike one name from consideration. Jonathan Woodman doesn’t possess the moral or ethical legal compass to be trusted as a Judge in the first place. It has been my personal experience that he has no trouble willfully ignoring evidence of crimes in this State while in a position of authority. What a shame that he is even on that list.
    Governor Dunleavy, do not under any circumstances consider Jonathan Woodman.

  • The republican legislators can change the process of selecting the justices, unfortunately they can’t seem to organize there own party. Alaska is full of (democrat) republicans.

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