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October 24, 2010

In Unusual Saturday Hearing, Retired Judge Orders Republican Senate Candidate Joe Miller Documents Released


Judge orders Miller documents released

A judge ruled today that the Fairbanks North Star Borough must release personnel records of Senate candidate Joe Miller.

The Anchorage Daily News

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.

Among the documents being sought are details of his resignation from the job last year, and any disciplinary actions taken against him while employed. Separate lawsuits were brought by the Alaska Dispatch and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The Daily News and Associated Press joined, and the suits were combined. Among the arguments for release was that the state Supreme Court, in earlier cases, has ruled that candidates for office expose their private lives to public scrutiny.

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.


He (the judge, Winston Burbank) was appointed by Governor Frank Murkowksi....SERIOUS CONFILCT OF INTEREST.

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.


Wild Thing's comment........

And where are the judges regarding Obama’s records? How come this didn’t apply to Obama. And is that legal for a RETIRED judge to make a ruling?

Joe Miller, West Point graduate and tank commander during the first Gulf War.

WOW the hypocrisy!!!

0bamas’ hidden records: Why are these off limits?

1 Certified copy of original birth certificate
2 Columbia University transcripts
3 Columbia thesis paper
4 Campaign donor analysis requested by 7 major watchdog groups
5 Harvard University transcripts
6 Illinois State Senate records
7 Illinois State Senate schedule
8 Law practice client list and billing records/summary
9 Locations and names of all half-siblings and step-mother
10 Medical records (only the one page summary released so far)
11 Occidental College Transcripts
12 Parent’s marriage Certificate
13 Record of baptism
14 Selective Service registration records
(Did Obama Actually Register for Selective Service?
This supposed revelation of 0's SS records has been debunked here and here.)
15 Schedules for trips outside of the United States before 2007
16 Passport records for all passports
17 Scholarly articles
18 SAT and LSAT test scores
19 Access to his grandmother in Kenya
20 List of all campaign workers that are lobbyists
21 Punahou grade school records
22 Noelani Kindergarten records are oddly missing from the the State of Hawaii Department of Education.
23 Obama 1964 Divorce Papers - 13 Pages - Missing Pg 11
24 Why isn't Barack Obama still a member of the Illinois bar and where are all of the relevant documents?
25 Why isn't Michelle Obama still a member of the Illinois bar, after only about four years of practice, and where are all of the relevant documents?

Anyone who cares about their country would be very concerned that a POTUS had hidden every scrap of information of his life that he possibly could.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 24, 2010 06:48 AM


I was wondering that too how a retired judge can order anything? This is wrong...totally wrong.

I can't believe there are people in Alaska supporting Lisa Murkowski. The woman is a spoiled looser who wants what she doesn't deserve. Besides, she's downright ugly.

Posted by: BobF at October 24, 2010 09:53 AM

Rule of law only applies if left/liberals DON'T want to do something. (THe same rules apply to everyone/everything? Gosh, how "racist.")

Posted by: Anonymous at October 24, 2010 10:45 AM

How in the hell can a retired Judge order anything?

This gal Murkowski is a real piece of work. As I recall she is no fan of Sarah Palin. That fact alone should indicate her RINO status.

I hope this tactic falls on its face, as most of the rest of Murkowski's have so far.

Posted by: Sean at October 24, 2010 11:44 AM

Bob, I agree so much with all you said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 24, 2010 05:32 PM

Anonymous, your right, there is a complete double standard in all things.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 24, 2010 05:33 PM

Sean, Ditto all you said. Thanks too for sharing about how she was about Sarah Palin. sheesh That says a lot about her.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 24, 2010 05:35 PM