In his time as the top justice and head of Alaska’s court system, Bolger made headlines for butting heads with Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy over the independence and impartiality of the court system.
In a two-page order issued today, Bolger said his public statements such as his address to the Alaska Legislature where he pledged “to do our work independently of any outside political interests or financial influence” could cause someone to questions his fairness in the case.
Bolger said it’s critical for the judiciary to remain independent.
Turns out the Alaska Constitution always wins.
The governor refused to appointee one of the two nominees put forward by the Alaska Judicial Council to fill a vacancy in the Palmer Superior Court. Bolger replied with a constitutional lesson, noting the Alaska Constitution isn’t optional.
The march through understanding the sweeping impacts of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s budget continued on Wednesday with much of the attention paid to the Alaska…