Supreme Court has another vacancy

Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court is facing its third retirement in two years.

Justice Robert Eastaugh is retiring in November, handing Gov. Sarah Palin an opportunity to make her third appointee to the five-member court.

Eastaugh was appointed in 1994 by then-governor Walter Hickel.

Palin named Daniel Winfree to the high court in November 2007 and Morgan Christen in March.

The appointment of Christen upset the Alaska Family Council - a conservative Christian group - because she once served on the board of Planned Parenthood.

To fill the upcoming vacancy, the Alaska Judicial Council is accepting applications through May 15.

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