Murkowski Judicial Appointee Orders Private Documents on Joe Miller to Be Released
These people are shameless…
An Alaskan judge who was appointed by Senator Lisa Murkowski’s father ruled today that personal information from conservative Joe Miller’s past must be released to the public.
Retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank (on right) opened the state courthouse on Saturday to rule in favor of the Murkowski campaign and far left Alaska media outlets.
The Anchorage Daily News reported:
A judge ruled today that the Fairbanks North Star Borough must release personnel records of Senate candidate Joe Miller.
In an unusual Saturday hearing, retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank ruled that the public’s right to know about candidates outweighed Miller’s right to privacy.
“I hold that although Mr. Miller has a legitimate expectation of privacy in those documents, Mr. Miller’s right to privacy is indeed outweighed by the public’s significant interest in the background of a public figure who is running for the U.S. Senate,” the judge said. A U.S. senator, he noted, is among the highest elected offices in the nation.
Burbank ordered that nothing actually will be released until Tuesday afternoon, however, to allow for the ruling to be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court.
The judge said a handful of documents being sought would not be released, and some would be redacted.
The case was brought by a group of Alaska news media organizations, which have been trying since summer to see borough documents concerning Miller’s employment as a part-time borough attorney…
…The hearing drew about three dozen people to the otherwise empty state courthouse in Downtown Fairbanks. Current borough Mayor Luke Hopkins watched from the gallery. A legislative aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski sat in the crowd, along with a News-Miner editor and a man who was shooshed for shouting that the judge was an old appointee of Gov. Frank Murkowski.
Judge Winston Burbank was picked for a District Court judgeship by Governor Frank Murkowski in 2003. Governor Murkowski’s daughter, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), was defeated by conservative Joe Miller in the Republican primary and is running against him as a write-in candidate in the general election.
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