Former superior court judge Michael Corey joins Anchorage law firm
Former superior court judge Michael Corey is joining Anchorage law firm Brena, Bell & Walker, the firm announced in a press release Thursday. According to the firm's website, Corey will serve as senior attorney.
Corey was the presiding judge for the Justin Schneider assault case which stemmed from events that happened in August 2017. Schneider kidnapped a woman, attacked her, strangled her to the point of unconsciousness, then masturbated and ejaculated on her face.
The case received national attention for exposing a loophole in Alaska's laws because Schneider's crimes didn't meet the criteria for sex crimes. Corey accepted a no-jail-time plea deal from the district attorney's office, citing the possibility for Schneider's rehabilitation.
"Mr. Schneider is going to be a member of our community, and he would not be in jail for the rest of his life even if he had been convicted on all of the counts for which he was charged," Corey said during the 2018 court proceedings.
In November, Corey became the first judge with a recommendation of retention from the Alaska Judicial Council to be dismissed from the bench by Alaska voters.
The Schneider case also prompted legislation which included Senate bills calling for prosecutors to consult victims on plea deals for their assailants and increased penalties for strangulation during sex crimes.
In a press release, Brena, Bell & Walker say Corey will handle civil cases.
Corey joins a team of 11 attorneys at Brena, Bell and Walker, including former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker.
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