- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Judicial Council is recommending that voters reject a Palmer District Court judge.

KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1pGJ51B) reports the oversight body recommends that voters do not retain Judge William Estelle because of improprieties in his judicial paperwork.

The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct in May criticized Estelle for signing affidavits claiming payments for cases that had not been decided in a timely manner. The council then recommended that the Alaska Supreme Court suspend Estelle without pay for 45 days.

The statement this week from the Judicial Council focused on Alaska residents’ perception of the judicial branch.

The council says Estelle did not act in a way that promotes public confidence in the integrity and competence of the judiciary.

The council recommends the retention of 13 other judges.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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