The U.S. House today (Monday) passed legislation renaming Juneau’s federal courthouse facility after the late Judge Robert Boochever.
Alaska Congressman Don Young briefly spoke about Boochever’s accomplishments on the House floor. The jurist was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 1972, serving three years as Chief Justice. In 1980, he became the first Alaskan to be appointed to the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
While on the state supreme court, Boochever wrote the concurrence opinion in Ravin – the precedent-setting case governing Alaskans’ right to privacy in the home. He also wrote the Glass opinion — the basis for why Alaska police must apply for a warrant before recording your conversations as evidence in a criminal case.
In his spare time Boochever was involved in numeral local civic and volunteer groups, including the American Red Cross, Juneau Rotary, and as chair of the city’s first Planning Commission.
Members of the legal community from around the state gathered in the Capital City earlier this month for a memorial service honoring Boochever, who passed away last October at the age of 94.
Young’s resolution now moves to the U.S. Senate, where Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have sponsored companion legislation.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.
- A new study from a Alaskan epidemiologist looks at infants who were exposed to opiates before birth. Unlike previous studies, it goes beyond the sharp rise in cases for a portion of the population to explore what happens next.
- Commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.