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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 tosses polar bear habitat designation

...a plan designating more than 187,000 square miles as habitat for threatened polar bears.U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, in a written order dated Thursday, said the designation was too extensive and presented "a disconnect between...
Man who worked on marijuana farm gets 5 years

...teenager worked on an Alaska marijuana farm has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline handed down the punishment Friday after listening to Nathaniel Harshman read a 40-minute, paragraph-by-paragraph...
Judge allows Healy Clean Coal Plant to move ahead

...Valley Electric Association, the state of Alaska and federal regulators was approved Monday by U.S. Court Judge Ralph Beistline, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, citing a GVEA statement.GVEA interim President and CEO Cory Borgeson...
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...
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...


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