Category Archives: Alaska justice system
Miller v. Carpeneti: The conservatives behind the attack on Alaska judicial independence and impartiality
Using Scott Christiansen’s excellent article in the Anchorage Press as a jumping off point, this post goes deeper into why conservatives are attacking Alaska’s merit-based system of judicial selection, and the part that the Miller v. Carpeneti case is playing in a much larger nationwide effort to politicize judicial selection in the U.S. — with plaintiffs’ lead attorney James Bopp, Jr. at the forefront. Continue reading
The lawsuit that calls for the federal courts to overturn major provisions of the Alaska Constitution with respect to judicial selection was filed on July 2. Why, then, did the Alaska press not report on it until August 26? Also included most important filings to date in the case.