Anchorage judge to fight ethics complaint

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The lawyer for an Anchorage District Court judge accused of ethics violations by the Commission on Judicial Conduct says he'll fight the allegations.

Attorney Thomas Van Flein told The Anchorage Daily News Judge Richard Postma intends to clear his name and reputation.

Van Flein said the complaint from the Commission on Judicial Conduct stems from an internal personnel dispute started by Postma's allegation that he is discriminated against because he is Hispanic.

The complaint filed accuses Postma of a mental health disability that makes him unfit. The complaint accuses Postma of showing anger and lack of judgment and failing to cooperate with other judges and staff.

The commission will hold a hearing where Postma is allowed to defend himself. The Alaska Supreme Court will make a final decision on the case.

Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Postman in 2007. He was an assistant attorney general in Anchorage before his appointment. The 43-year-old is up for election this year.

Anchorage attorney Brewster Jamieson wrote the commission Thursday in Postma's defense.

"He is the very same person, possessing the same wry wit and the same sharp intellect, I have always known," Jamieson wrote.

He worked with Postma in private practice and has continued a professional relationship with him over the years.

There are 10 District Court judges in Anchorage. They handle misdemeanor crimes, arrest and search warrants, and smaller civil cases.

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