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Murkowski Judicial Appointee Orders Private Documents on Joe Miller to Be Released
Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/23/2010 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 10/24/2010 10:11:16 AM PDT by Qbert

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.

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.

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: ak; alaska; joemiller; lisamurkowski; murkowski
Shouldn't the judge have recused himself?

Joe Miller for Senate

1 posted on 10/24/2010 10:11:22 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

So shouldn’t we expect the same for the person’s seeking to be President of the United States?


2 posted on 10/24/2010 10:18:16 AM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WestwardHo

“So shouldn’t we expect the same for the person’s seeking to be President of the United States?”

I would think... And I believe it’s time we fight fire with fire, and start adopting these tactics to investigate the opposition.


3 posted on 10/24/2010 10:27:57 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

I agree on using the left’s tactics against them...
In this one, though, it’s important to recognize this is a state court, not a federal court, and the judge should have probably recused himself due to the link to Murkowski.


4 posted on 10/24/2010 10:32:26 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: WestwardHo
Alaskans are accustomed to corrupt Republicans, why Palin was well liked; she went after them with reckless abandon.

Also quite use to the Calif owned left wing newspapers.

Me thinks Alaskans see through all of this garbage, are offended by it, and will still elect Joe Miller. I don't hear anybody asking questions about Joe Miller's character; but they sure hate Lisa Murkowski over all of these games and will hold her responsible on Nov 2nd. Don't believe all these close polls one minute, people are pissed about where our great Nation is headed and will vote to send it back in the other direction pretty quick.

5 posted on 10/24/2010 10:35:27 AM PDT by Eska
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To: Qbert

Alaska, you will live as slaves with this real witch in power.


6 posted on 10/24/2010 10:38:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Eska
Alaskans being as independent as they have to be and self sufficient for the most part will see right through this. I warn everyone to stay far and away from the ADN hatefest against Miller. They are having a party every day from the massive campaign funding from Murkowski to wage slander upon Miller. You are so right on all accounts Eska.
7 posted on 10/24/2010 10:39:58 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: WestwardHo

Too bad we don’t seem to have savy lawyers that could use rulings like this as “precedent” to reveal the past private lives of Presidents.


8 posted on 10/24/2010 10:43:13 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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To: EBH

Now let’s see Obama’s records in the name of the publics right to know.


9 posted on 10/24/2010 10:49:24 AM PDT by RED SOUTH
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To: Qbert
ruled that the public’s right to know about candidates outweighed Miller’s right to privacy.

If it outweighs Miller's right to privacy and to be secure in his person from unwarranted searches...

the say way not 0bama!

10 posted on 10/24/2010 10:49:30 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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To: Qbert

What does Miller have to hide? I have little sympathy for politicians trying to hide their past.

Maybe Miller knows that this drama requires him to attempt keep something private, and then after it becomes public against his will, voters will see that Miller was attempting to hide something that was irrelevant to the campaign and harmful or embarrassing to other people, and that he did the honorable thing, and that Murkowski is the bad guy.

I can dream, can’t I?


11 posted on 10/24/2010 10:56:32 AM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: Eye of Unk

You know what I’m wondering about? All these Freepers terrified that Miller might not win. They should worry more about themselves living like slaves. Here where I call home, no income, sales, property, or any other taxes. No organized local govt, no law enforcement, no services, no regulations or comp planning. No high costs of living when the land & river provides either. They’ll never starve me out, ha ha. Some of those conservatives worried about Miller should look around their own state of slavery in the lower 48.


12 posted on 10/24/2010 10:59:58 AM PDT by Eska
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To: EBH
"the say way not 0bama! "

Say what?? Want to try that again? Thanks.

13 posted on 10/24/2010 11:01:04 AM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: Qbert
How the heck can a Retired Superior Court Judge rule on anything.
14 posted on 10/24/2010 11:08:36 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Qbert

I would expect nothing less from a Murkowski politician.


15 posted on 10/24/2010 11:11:32 AM PDT by SeaWolf (Orwell must have foreseen the 21st Century US Congress when he wrote 1984)
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To: frposty

“What does Miller have to hide? I have little sympathy for politicians trying to hide their past.”

—Well, what can I say? Joe Biden was caught plagiarizing in law school, Obozo was caught lying about his Illinois state senate record (and hid almost all of his personal records), had tons of unpaid parking tickets as a law student, etc. There are things in Lisa Murkowski’s past...

I don’t know all the details, but at the end of the day Joe Miller’s employer didn’t see it as important enough to make him lose his job. So if it wasn’t big deal then, it isn’t a big deal now.


16 posted on 10/24/2010 11:16:41 AM PDT by Qbert
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Looks like the active judges wanted no part of this investigation:

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Recently retired Judge Winston Burbank started a process today that could resolve the case ahead of the Nov. 2 election. Burbank was brought in to hear the case after several sitting judges recused themselves or were disqualified from the case.......

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/10/19/1509565/ruling-in-miller-records-suit.html#ixzz13HfWScap


17 posted on 10/24/2010 12:00:21 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: Qbert

Anyone checked to see what political contributions he has made in the past?


18 posted on 10/24/2010 12:00:25 PM PDT by deener
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Alaskans on this thread..I need some information. Did lisa murkowski attend school in Alaska or out of state? Where was she born?


19 posted on 10/24/2010 12:09:26 PM PDT by tillacum
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To: tillacum

Lisa was born in Ketchikan, AK.

She graduated from Georgetown U. and Willmette U. College of Law.

I read on another thread she had to take the bar exam 5 times to pass.


20 posted on 10/24/2010 12:23:32 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: Qbert

this is gonna backfire bigtime............


21 posted on 10/24/2010 2:19:21 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: Qbert

I would be more impressed by openness and a willingness to bare his past, than by fighting this type of thing in the courts.

Why don’t we know Hillary’s grades, or see Obama’s birth cert, or etc, etc, etc.

If someone wants to be rule over us, then we have a right to look into their privates lives, and how they did in 1st grade, or who gives them $$.


22 posted on 10/24/2010 2:42:22 PM PDT by TeachableMoment
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additional:
23 posted on 10/24/2010 5:12:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Atlantan

Thanks for the information.


24 posted on 10/25/2010 6:53:47 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: Eska

Eska, you are so funny. I cannot imagine any Alaskan starving. Alaska has so much bounty. When we come home it’s salmon berries, blueberries with sugar and canned milk. OH YUM


25 posted on 10/25/2010 6:59:02 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: Atlantan

I wonder if she went to grade and high school in Ketchikan?


26 posted on 10/25/2010 7:01:39 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: tillacum
Ya, I live pretty cheap out here. I could never face the hordes & high cost of living that one faces in an urban area. When I first came to Ak from Pennsylvania 20 years back, my family immediately realized a tax savings of about 15 gran in state taxes; unreal. Those guys down there are the enslaved ones and they happily accept the taxes, It's the conditioning I do believe.

All the rain this past summer, all kinds of blueberries up this way. Caribou came through, got a couple. No moose though, hot moose season and they only moved after dark; only 2-3 shot in our community; year before over 25 killed; so we eat bou. I put in trot lines for burbot, got some nice ones up to about 40 inches. Kinda salmoned out though.

We've only seen a couple days down to zero, kinda warm so far; but I know it will be minus 65 come January.

27 posted on 10/25/2010 8:14:05 AM PDT by Eska
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My aunt and uncle lived in Palmer and would allow the moose to feed with their cattle. Come moose season, they’d have their alloted meat in the freezer the first week. I don’t know what a burbot is. Sounds like you live near a river or deep creek. We had a creek run right along side of our house, when I was a child. My sis and I would fish from the back porch. We were on stilts.


28 posted on 10/25/2010 11:38:35 AM PDT by tillacum
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