DNA crime bill awaits governor's signature
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JUNEAU - A crime bill allowing the collection of DNA from those arrested for felonies and also identifying those ordered not to drink alcohol as part of DUI convictions awaits Gov. Sarah Palin's signature.
Sponsors touted the bipartisan crime package as the piece of legislation this session that will have the most immediate impact on the public.
Court bars former judge from bench
ANCHORAGE - A former Kenai District Court judge has been barred from future bench jobs for judicial misconduct and inappropriate sexual comments.
The Alaska Supreme Court censured David Landry on Friday.
The court's censure ratifies an agreement between Landry and the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct that he will not seek another judicial appointment in Alaska. He remains free to practice law in the state, said commission director Marla Greenstein.
Greenstein recommended that the commission accept Landry's stipulation without a full courtroom-style hearing of the charges. A censure that bars future judicial appointments seems appropriate, she said. Kenai Peninsula voters last November removed Landry from office, she said. He stepped down Feb. 5.
"Because the judge was no longer a judge, the practical outcomes (of a hearing) are very limited," Greenstein said.
Accepting the agreement saves the state legal fees. It would have been obligated to cover Landry's defense.
Landry's Anchorage attorney, Jonathan Katcher, said neither he nor his client would comment on the censure.
The court's order recounts charges that Landry acted improperly on several counts. The order said he pre-signed bail orders and allowed prosecutors to fill in the blanks with their terms.
Landry allowed at least 14 criminal cases in 2005 to lag, and then dismissed them for lack of a speedy trial, according to the censure.