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High court: State has duty to protect inmates

...inmates in his prison block, the Anchorage Daily News reported.Mattox sued the state for negligence, but Palmer Superior Court Judge Vanessa White threw out the case in 2011. The judge said Mattox didn't show that the corrections department...
3-judge panel rules in Juneau heroin, assault case

...enough to keep Perez in the United States, where Perez lawfully immigrated to as a child.Judge Eric Smith of Palmer Superior Court announced the decision after deliberating with the two other jurists for about an hour. Smith said it was the...
Palmer jury convicts mother of killing son in arson fire

...14-year-old son, Samuel. Welton, who did not testify at her trial, broke down sobbing when the verdict was read in Palmer Superior Court. "Oh, my God," the 38-year-old mother sobbed softly. "How could they think I could do this?" Superior...
Jurors deliberate in manslaughter trial of intruders' killer

...Mielke, 44, is charged in the deaths of Chris Palmer, 31, and Francis Jones, 23. The case is being heard in Palmer Superior Court. Jurors also may consider a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide. In closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor...
Local and state Briefs

...murder and first-degree arson in a trial that lasted 7 weeks. The trial and Monday's sentencing took place in Palmer Superior Court. Welton and two of her other children - Jeremiah, 16, and Bree, 6 - escaped the September 2000 fire, but Samuel...
Alaska Digest

...restitution for the Jan. 31 shootings at Williams Reindeer Farm, under terms of a plea bargain announced Friday in Palmer Superior Court. Bennett entered a no contest plea to three charges related to the shootings, one of them a felony. A former...
Alaska Digest

...March death of Grace Butler. He was scheduled to agree to a plea bargain Friday morning. But at a hearing in Palmer Superior Court, Butler's public defender announced that his client was not ready to plead no contest to second-degree murder...
Alaska Digest

...calls for him to serve a total prison sentence of 19 years. Knights' state sentencing is scheduled Tuesday in Palmer Superior Court. Knights earlier pleaded no contest to state charges of attempted sexual abuse of a minor and distribution of...
Alaska editorial: Best is needed

...MacDonald, a Fairbanks Superior Court judge; Frank Pfiffner, an Anchorage Superior Court judge; Eric Smith, a Palmer Superior Court judge, and Terry L. Thurbon, Chief Administrative Law Judge in Juneau.Also applying are the following attorneys...
Judicial panel sends Perez case back to Superior Court

...non-statutory mitigator, which meant Pallenberg was unable to consider it.The three judges - Judges Eric Smith of Palmer Superior Court, Randy Olsen of Fairbanks Superior Court and John Suddock of Anchorage Superior Court - were asked by the Court...


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