After a while Jacobus conceded that he wasn’t familiar with the specifics of the case but closed by telling Miller that, “This is going to be difficult for this court to decide, I believe.”
Henderson noted that lack of an explanation in today’s order, saying the state “has not thus far asserted any meaningful or cogent reason for not including this information on the current general election ballot.”
“The current situation is too grave, and the needs of Alaskans too great in the present emergency, for the court to stand in the way of the distribution of these federal funds to those who need them,” wrote Judge Pallenberg.
The judge says an order on the whether to put a halt to the expanded portion of the state-run COVID-19 business relief program will be out by tomorrow.
The court says Meyer, a former oil company employee, prepared an improperly skewed summary of an initiative to raise taxes on oil companies.
The court system has ordered that anyone awaiting trial for a misdemeanor charge other than domestic violence or stalking be spared of jail time and released on their own recognizance.
Bolger said it’s critical for the judiciary to remain independent.
The court system has been proactive and conservative with the budget, but unexpected fees are making things tough.
The timeline sets up a resolution or this stage of the litigation for sometime in mid-January. All parties agreed that the case is destined to make a stop in the Alaska Supreme Court.
The Recall Dunleavy campaign is arguing for an expedited schedule to review its challenge of the state’s rejection.