- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley has been accused of violating the Alaska Code of Judicial Conduct.

In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Commission on Judicial Conduct, Dooley was reported to have made statements that “indicated insensitivity” toward victims, witnesses and other parties during court proceedings, reported The Alaska Dispatch News (https://bit.ly/1BoQirv).

Executive director of the commission, Marla Greenstein, said the agency began investigating Dooley after they received a few anonymous complaints.

According to the accusations, Dooley’s statements violate the Alaska Code on Judicial Conduct and state statutes, including maintaining “professional competence in the law,” being “patient, dignified and courteous,” and acting “without bias or prejudice,” among other aspects.

Dooley was appointed Nome Superior Court Judge by former Gov. Sean Parnell in March 2013. A statement that he is accused of making came just months after he was appointed to his position in the Northwest Alaska community.

Greenstein said Dooley could be disciplined by The Supreme Court with a public statement of wrongdoing, suspension, or removal from office. The charges only address the discipline of a judge and don’t alone create any civil or criminal liability, she said.

The commission has hired Anchorage attorney John Cashion to argue the case.

Dooley’s attorney, William Satterberg, did not immediately return a request for comment. Greenstein said Dooley has 20 days to file a response.

According to a 2012 application for judicial appointment, Dooley practiced law for 22 years and had been a state resident for 31 years before being appointed to the Nome Superior Court seat. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s Law School.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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