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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...
Man charged with killing wife with sledgehammer

...ANCHORAGE - A North Pole man is accused of killing his wife with a sledgehammer. Andrew Victor Thomas was charged in Palmer Superior Court on Thursday with first- and second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Susanna Braden. The Anchorage Daily...
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Accused rapist deemed competent to stand trial

...ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Palmer man has been deemed competent to stand trial on accusations of sexual assault. Palmer Superior Court Judge Eric Smith announced the ruling last week after getting the result of an exam by the Alaska Psychiatric Institute...
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...
Candy snatchers get prison time in court

...pleaded guilty to robbing trick-or-treaters in Talkeetna at gunpoint have been sentenced to stiff prison terms. Palmer Superior Court Judge Beverly Cutler on Friday sentenced 18-year-old Kendra Butts to seven years in prison. The woman who fired...
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...
Wasilla man sentenced to 26 years for abuse

...sexual abuse of a minor. Alaska State Troopers began investigating earlier that month. Campbell appeared Monday in Palmer Superior Court in yellow prison scrubs. Choking back tears, he told Superior Court Judge Beverly Cutler he was sorry for his...
Parnell names new district judges

...Wasilla will serve on the Palmer District Court. Olson fills a new seat on the Anchorage court created by the Legislature last year. Zwink fill a vacancy created when Judge Gregory L. Heath was appointed to the Palmer Superior Court last year.
25 Alaskans apply for state Supreme Court

...Rindner, 59, Craig Stowers, 54, John Suddock, 60, Philip R. Volland, 58, and William F. Morse, 55; and Palmer Superior Court Judge Eric Smith, 56. Palmer District Court Judge John W. Wolfe applied, as did two administrative law judges...
Alaska Supreme Court chief justice addresses Legislature, calls on it to raise judges' salaries

...straining the system. Court officials plan to ask the Legislature to fund an expansion of space and staff in the Palmer Superior Court this year. The salaries of Alaska judges were comparatively high in the early 1980s, but federal and other states...


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