Judicial Council nominates 2 to replace Justin Schneider's judge
The Alaska Judicial Council voted Thursday to send Gov. Mike Dunleavy the names of two candidates to replace Michael Corey, the judge in an infamous Anchorage assault case ousted by voters last year.
Corey lost his Anchorage Superior Court seat after he accepted a plea deal for Justin Schneider that did not include additional jail time. Schneider, an air traffic controller, was accused of choking an Alaska Native woman until she was unconscious then masturbating on her. Schneider received a one-year sentence in a plea deal, but was given credit for time served on an ankle monitor while out on bail.
Schneider's plea led to a backlash among voters, who removed Corey from his seat when he came up for retention in November. The state Legislature has devoted extensive attention to crime bills this year, receiving input from Corey before agreeing to close the "Schneider loophole" — an oversight in state law, which doesn't currently classify Schneider's act as a sex crime.
Six people applied for Corey's position. Judicial Council members nominated Donna McCready and Peter Ramgren, whose names will be forwarded to the governor for his consideration.
A short biography of each was posted on the Judicial Council's website:
Donna J. McCready: Magistrate Judge McCready has been an Alaska resident for 27 years, and has practiced law for 27 years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.
Peter Ramgren: Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 16 ½ years, and has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.
Dunleavy is expected to formally receive the candidates' names on Monday. He'll have 45 days to make his choice.
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