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DA's office in Juneau gets a third assistant prosecutor

Posted: August 26, 2012 - 12:12am

A prosecutor joined the Regional District Attorney’s Office in Juneau this week, bringing the number of assistant district attorneys to three.

The position was created to help ease the case load out of the office, which covers cases in Juneau, Hoonah, Yakutat, Skagway, Haines, Petersburg and Kake. More than 1,000 cases have been prosecuted so far this year in Juneau alone.

“Another attorney in this office is helpful,” District Attorney David Brower said.

Nick Polasky, 33, of Juneau, was hired to fill the position and began work Monday. He will be assigned to cases from Petersburg and Kake, in addition to Juneau cases.

For the past five years, Polasky was an assistant district attorney out of the Regional District Attorney’s Office in Ketchikan.

He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1997, then attended Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he earned dual bachelor degrees in history and theology.

He went on to teach English for two years in the Jilin province in China, which is northeast of Beijing. When he returned to the United States, he attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minn., and graduated in 2006.

He clerked for a district court judge in Freeborn County in Albert Lea, Minn., for one year, then moved back to Southeast Alaska.

Brower said Assistant District Attorneys Amy Williams and Angie Kemp will continue to prosecute cases out of Haines and Skagway, and Hoonah and Yakutat, respectively.

The Regional District Attorney’s Office in Juneau is one of three that comprise the First Judicial District covering Southeast. The other two are based out of Ketchikan and Sitka.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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