Three nominated for judge spot

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Two of the three people nominated to fill the new Kenai District Court judge position are familiar names on the Kenai Peninsula.

District Court Magistrate David Landry and former Kenai assistant district attorney John Wolfe were recommended to Gov. Frank Murkowski as being among the most qualified applicants for the judgeship created by the Legislature's funding of new positions.

A third candidate, Margaret L. Murphy, also was nominated.

The governor now has 45 days in which to make an appointment from among the three candidates, according to the Alaska Judicial Council.

Landry, 52, has been an Alaska resident for 23 years and practiced law for 12. He graduated from Western New England School of Law in 1991.

Wolfe, 46, has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1983, and currently is assistant district attorney in Dillingham.

Murphy, 48, has practiced law for 17 years and is a 1987 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. She is a magistrate and special master in Aniak.

Wolfe and Murphy also were nominated to fill a Palmer District Court judicial vacancy along with two other candidates.

The nominations were made after the Alaska Judicial Council conducted public meetings in Kenai and Palmer Oct. 7 and 8, following an extensive investigation and evaluation of the judicial applicants.

The council considers candidates' professional competence, integrity, fairness, judicial temperament and the suitability of their experience for the vacancy.

In addition to the evaluations, the council checks all references, any criminal or disciplinary charges against the candidate, credit history and any court cases in which the candidate has been involved.

The council interviews each candidate and conducts public hearings on them before deciding on names to recommend to the governor for selection.

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