posted on Feb, 13 2014 @ 10:34 AM
I had to read this a second time, carefully, to make sure I really got what this was about. At first glance it looks petty and silly. By the end of
the article, it's obvious some real bad things happened here and across a span of years. They continue to happen, apparently and all over one
unfortunate typo, made purely by accident I'm sure.
ANCHORAGE (CN) - A former Alaska judge claims he was the victim of "racist and sexist hazing" by his peers after former Gov. Sarah Palin thanked
him for his "pubic service" in his appointment letter.
Richard Postma Jr. claims the typo in Palin's letter caused him so much grief that he was voted out, had to return to private practice, and is
struggling to hold onto his law license Bar.
This is where I was thinking to myself...'Self, he sure has an awfully thin skin! There is printing paper on the shelf of thicker stuff!'. It goes on
for more context though, and it's not as superficial and cheesy as it first appears.
Postma claims in the complaint that his hazers went so far as to suggest he was appointed as a judge "by performing oral sex on former Governor
Palin," and that it escalated "to suggest Postma was the biological father of Governor Palin's son, Trig Palin."
When he complained he was retaliated against, Postma says.
Postma claims that none of the jokes were true, but he suffered the harassment from his appointment in 2007 until 2010, when the Alaska
Commission on Judicial Conduct "initiated an administrative action to remove Postma from the bench because of stress and medical problems caused by
It's just incredible to see the official side of this to give some indication of the depth of problems here. It sounds like it was an ongoing and
nearly daily thing with this. I admit to shaking my head a bit at seeing the typo, but how old are these people to rag on a Judge for years over it?
13?? I fully expect that nonsense in K-12 grade school but absolutely not in the professional world to form a sustained campaign like this.
On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (highest), "The attorney rating for Judge Postma on overall performance was 3.7. Peace and probation officers gave
Judge Postma a rating of 4.1. Jurors rated him 4.9 overall, and court employees gave him 3.1. ... Alaska Judicial Observers rated him 2.86,"
Recommendation states. Nonetheless, the Council said: "Judges must be fair and judicial in the courtroom and in their conduct off the bench. The
Alaska Judicial Council concludes that, while performing acceptably on the bench, Judge Postma demonstrated an inability to function appropriately
with other judges and court staff and that he did so in a manner that seriously interfered with the performance of his judicial duties, disrupted the
functioning of the Anchorage District Court, and makes him unfit to retain his office.
So basically, the people I'd say matter most in rating a Judge actually liked this man on a consistent basis. Those behind making his life a living
hell....rated him very poorly. Well, I'm shocked. Who would have seen that coming? What a way to lose a career.
Quote limitations mean I couldn't add other parts of this, which include actual and formal mental health questions regarding the stability of this
I wonder, do we have any Alaskan members that know more about this? It sounds patently absurd...but there it is and it's a formal lawsuit, filed in
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