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Judge grants new trial in youth's beating death

...Court judge has granted a new trial for a man convicted in 1999 of participating in a teenager's fatal beating. Judge Ben Esch on Monday concluded the jury in the original trial was likely to have been influenced by an out-of-court experiment...
Judge denies request to move ex-cop's trial

...will be held in the community, after a judge denied a defense request to move the case elsewhere. Superior Court Judge Ben Esch said such a move, if needed, can best be made after the search for impartial jurors has begun in the trial of Matthew...
Carpeneti reappoints 4 presiding judges

...that Judge Patricia A. Collins will preside over the First Judicial District, which covers southeast Alaska. Judge Ben Esch will oversee the Second Judicial District, which covers Alaska's most northern areas and includes Superior Courts in...
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Alaska Digest

...the case proceed to trial. Attorneys for the Fairbanks diocese and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, want Judge Ben Esch to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a woman alleging she was abused by the Rev. James Poole more than two decades ago. Church...
25 Alaskans apply for state Supreme Court

...appointed in 2000 after working at the Ketchikan district attorney. Others applicants on the Superior Court bench include Ben Esch of Nome, 64; Michael I. Jeffery of Barrow, 64; Michael A. McDonald of Fairbanks, 52; Anchorage judges Mark Rindner...
Jury convicts ex-police officer of killing 19-year-old in Nome

...through what we went through," said Maggie Ivanoff, the victim's mother. While Owens showed no emotion when Judge Ben Esch read the verdict, Ivanoff family members hugged and cried. Defense attorney Jim McComas then requested that the jury...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...statute of limitations, the state said in a motion filed Monday in state Superior Court in Nome. Superior Court Judge Ben Esch ordered the plaintiffs to respond by Friday to the state¹s motion to dismiss the case. The property tax initiative is...
Iditarod champion takes citizenship oath in Nome

...wind whipped a large American flag hanging from the burled arch that marks the finish line as Alaska Superior Court Judge Ben Esch administered the oath. Esch then handed Buser his certificate of naturalization. "Now I'm legal," Buser said after...
Plaintiff seeks sanctions in church sexual abuse case

...alleged lack of oversight she contends allowed her to be abused by the Rev. James E. Poole. Nome Superior Court Judge Ben Esch has removed Poole from the civil lawsuit because the statute of limitations has passed. In an affidavit filed Monday...
Alaska Digest

...another Catholic organization by a woman who claimed to have been sexually abused by a priest. Nome Superior Court Judge Ben Esch ruled the woman, who claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the Rev. James Poole more than two decades ago...


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