Murkowski mulls judicial appointments

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Judicial Council has sent Gov. Frank Murkowski five nominees from which to choose his first two judicial appointments.

The council has nominated Brian Clark, Catherine Easter, Paul Olson, Jack W. Smith and Jennifer Wells as the most qualified applicants for two vacancies on the Anchorage District Court bench. The seats became available when judges Peter Ashman and Natalie Finn retired.

All five nominees work for the state. Clark is with the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. Easter is an assistant public defender. Olson is a hearing examiner with the State Regulatory Commission. Smith is a Palmer prosecutor. Wells is a master for the court system in Anchorage.

State district courts handle misdemeanors and small debt and damages cases. The governor has 45 days to make the appointments.

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