- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a recommendation to suspend a Palmer District Court judge for 45 days without pay.

The ruling is a response to a recommendation by the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct regarding the suspension of Judge William Estelle.

The commission criticized Estelle for signing affidavits claiming payments for cases that had not been decided in a timely manner.

The Alaska Judicial Council has recommended that voters reject retention of Estelle, who is listed on the ballot for the November general election.

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

In Friday’s ruling, Justice Daniel Winfree dissented in part, saying the case warrants a suspension of three or four months.

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