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Governor Appoints William B. Carey to Ketchikan Superior Court


December 08, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin yesterday appointed William B. Carey of Anchorage to fill a vacancy on the Ketchikan Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Michael A. Thompson.

Carey, 54, is an attorney in private practice in Anchorage, with an emphasis on criminal defense in Southeast Alaska. Before entering solo practice in 1990, he worked as a partner in two Anchorage law firms from 1982-90. He moved to Alaska in 1980 to work as a legal intern with Cook Inlet Native Association, then as a clerk with two Anchorage law firms. Carey earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University in 1976, and a law degree from the University of Denver's College of Law in 1980.

"With his broad experience in both criminal and civil law, and a strong reputation earned over long years of service in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, William Carey will make an outstanding Superior Court judge," said Governor Palin. "I'm proud to appoint him to serve the people of Ketchikan in this important position."

The Ketchikan Superior Court is a state court of general jurisdiction. It has the authority to conduct criminal and civil trials, hear appeals from district courts, and try cases involving abused children, domestic relations, involuntary commitment, and property of deceased or incompetent persons.

In accordance with the Alaska Constitution, Governor Palin filled the Ketchikan Superior Court vacancy by selecting Carey within 45 days of receiving the list of the applicants nominated by the Judicial Council to fill the vacancy created by Judge Thompson's retirement.

Carey will be subject to voter approval in the 2012 statewide general election, and in statewide elections every six years thereafter.



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