Parnell Stands Behind Judicial Council Pick

Associated Press
Governor Sean Parnell says he stands behind a controversial nominee for Judicial Council. Senate Judiciary Committee members called into question the objectivity of Don Haase after reading posts appearing under his name on the Alaska Eagle Forum’s blog.

Haase, a Valdez oil terminal worker and former candidate for the state House of Representatives, said he did not write the posts and only posted them in his capacity as president of the conservative group.

The seven-member Judicial Council is responsible for forwarding nominations to fill open judge positions to the governor. Parnell told reporters he has confidence in Haase and believes he can be objective.

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