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.