Supreme Court Judge Finding Resistance While Seeking Retention

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Article Four of Alaska’s Constitution requires that every judicial appointee stand for a public vote – approving or rejecting the judge for retention on the bench.  A judge faces the retention vote every six years, a justice of the Supreme Court, every 10 years.

This year, Justice Dana Fabe faces an organized, well-financed campaign to remove her from her seat on the state Supreme Court.  Fabe has served 14 years on the Court – six as Chief Justice.

But opponents are pointing to six decisions she and other justices have made that are fueling their efforts.

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