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Big Thorne timber suit chopped down

...had sidestepped the appropriate process by failing to consider the habitats.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled in his 25-page decision that the USFS properly studied and disclosed impacts to wolf populations. He wrote...
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Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas, I plead guilty," Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S., told District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.Wolford had no comment outside the courtroom and referred questions to a company spokesman.The $8.2 million...
Judge rejects 5 witnesses in Kodiak murder trial

...heavily tattooed man who defense attorneys say should have been considered a suspect but who U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said didn't have a proven connection to the case.The testimony came in the trial of James Wells, 62, a civilian...
Man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths

...possession of a firearm in a crime of violence.Two of the consecutive life sentences imposed by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline on Tuesday were for each man's murder and the other two were for the firearm violence. The judge also imposed life...
Pathologist testifies at Kodiak shootings trial to the jury."There is no question about the cause of death," Offenbecher said.U.S. District Court Ralph Beistline, however, said photos could be shown if they aided Lann in explaining how the men died."They're not going to...
Judge rejects witness in Kodiak Coast Guard trial an Anchorage police officer interviewing people about burglaries. That case is pending.U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said Friday he hadn't seen a sufficient connection to allow Barnum to be called as a defense witness.Petty Officer...
Judge upholds approval of Shell's Arctic oil spill plans

...violate environmental laws and policies, a federal judge has ruled.Monday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline comes in consolidated cases over the approval of Shell Oil's response plans for the Beaufort and Chukchi seas by...
Alaska lawmaker's son sentenced in drug case

...August to a conspiracy count.Prosecutors said Robin Gattis was the leader of the conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline also sentenced him to five years of supervised release after his prison term.Authorities said Matt Scott, a young...
Ruling lets judges speak their minds outside court

...the courtroom is unconstitutional, according to a ruling by a federal judge in Anchorage. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said the rule banning judges from announcing their views on disputed political, legal and social issues is a violation...
Judge denies Pilgrim family access

...winter supplies to their remote cabin in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline denied the Pilgrim family's motion for a temporary restraining order, saying the National Park Service was justified...


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