Friday, December 17, 2010

Railroading Of Alaska Judge Richard Postma Completed; Postma Accepts Unfavorable Settlement After Marla Greenstein Threatens To Target His Law License

Virtually on the same day that the Anchorage Press published a lengthy article on the case of Judge Richard Postma, the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct heard his case. But before the disciplinary hearings could progress, a recess was suddenly called, and an agreement was reached which was highly unfavorable to Judge Postma. Judge Postma had filed suits against the Alaska Judicial Council, the Alaska Court System, the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct and eight state employees who work in Alaska’s court system for damages. After the Alaska Judicial Council recommended his removal, voters sent him packing in November by a 54-46 percent margin.

You can familiarize yourself or refresh your memory on the evolution and progression of this case by reading all posts available HERE, or you can visit Judge Postma's personal website and his Facebook page while still available, where he pleads his case.

The components of the settlement, as gleaned from ADN and Alaska Dispatch:

-- Judge Postma to agree that his behavior constituted "willful misconduct in office".
-- Judge Postma to drop all his lawsuits.
-- Judge Postma to withdraw as an intervener in a separate lawsuit in state court filed by voters who supported him and are seeking to have the election results overturned.
-- Judge Postma to be publicly censured.
-- Judge Postma to agree never to seek or hold a position as a judicial officer again.

The Alaska Supreme Court will have to approve the agreement before it becomes operative.

This, of course, begs the question: Why in hell did a judge who fought so hard to defend his stewardship and personal integrity so abruptly accept such a one-sided agreement against him? The answer is provided by Alaska Dispatch. Marla Greenstein threatened to go after his law license if he continued fighting, and Postma couldn't get his judgeship back even if he prevailed at the Judicial Conduct Commission's hearing.

So it wasn't enough for the Council to knock Postma off the bench. They wanted to go further and nuke him economically by going after his law license. How is Judge Postma supposed to effectively support his family without a law license? If it was merely him, or both him and his wife, he probably could have continued to fight. But they have kids -- could Judge Postma really be expected to sacrifice his kids for principle? I say not. In addition, Judge Postma does not have retirement through the Alaska Court System because he wasn't on the bench for at least five years and wasn't vested in the judicial retirement plan.

Marla Greenstein explained herself to the Dispatch. She said that the issue of his law license only came up in a deposition in which she suggested his fitness to practice law might be an issue if the case ever went to the Supreme Court. This was the first case involving mental disability of a judge the commission had dealt with and she didn't know what the Supreme Court might do. Postma's other persecutor on the Commission, Executive Director Larry Cohn, declined to comment on the settlement because the other lawsuit, filed by Postma's supporters in state court, is still pending. It has not been disclosed whether or how this agreement will affect Judge Postma's status as President-Elect of the Anchorage Bar Association.

Judge Postma has not updated his personal website since the November election. However, he did post a message of thanks to those who supported him:

The election is over and I lost my judicial office. Even in defeat, it is comforting to know how many of my friends supported me during this difficult time. Thank you so much. My family and I couldn't have come this far without all of your help.

1 comment:

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    Revealed by US Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. from Minnesota before the US Congress sometime during his term of office between the years of 1907 and 1917 to warn the citizens.

    "We (the bankers) must proceed with caution and guard every move made, for the lower order of people are already showing signs of restless commotion. Prudence will therefore show a policy of apparently yielding to the popular will until our plans are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized resistance. The Farmers Alliance and Knights of Labor organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and we must take immediate steps to control these organizations in our interest or disrupt them.

    At the coming Omaha Convention to be held July 4th (1892), our men must attend and direct its movement, or else there will be set on foot such antagonism to our designs as may require force to overcome. This at the
    present time would be premature. We are not yet ready for such a crisis. Capital must protect itself in every possible manner through combination ( conspiracy) and legislation.

    The courts must be called to our aid, debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.

    When through the process of the law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of the government applied to a central power
    of imperial wealth under the control of the leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders.

    History repeats itself in regular cycles. This truth is well known among our principal men who are engaged in forming an imperialism of the world. While they are doing this, the people must be kept in a state of political

    The question of tariff reform must be urged through the organization known as the Democratic Party, and the question of protection with the reciprocity must be forced to view through the Republican Party.

    By thus dividing voters, we can get them to expand their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us, except as teachers to the common herd. Thus, by discrete action, we can secure all that has been so
    generously planned and successfully accomplished."

    Revealed by Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. to the U.S. Congress sometime between 1907 and 1917.


    Capital must protect itself in every way, through combination and through legislation. Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of wealth, under control of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an IMPERIALISM of capital to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd. Thus by discrete action we can secure for ourselves what has been generally planned and successfully accomplished.