Judge won't return to bench

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A judge voted off the bench last month won't be allowed to seek judicial office again in Alaska.

An agreement was reached Wednesday in the case of former Anchorage District Court Judge Richard Postma. He was accused of engaging in conduct that created an appearance of impropriety that did not promote public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.

Postma allegedly bullied fellow judges and court employees, and sent unprofessional and offensive e-mails. He denied the allegations. Postma contends that he was subjected to ethnic stereotyping, discrimination and retaliatory conduct.

His lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, says Postma decided not to defend himself against the accusations because he felt his reputation had already been damaged.

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