Anchorage man appointed to Court of Appeals bench

A state prosecutor has been named to the Alaska Court of Appeals, filling a vacancy that was created when the previous judge was named to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Douglas Kossler of Anchorage is currently the appellate unit supervisor for the Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. He’s also worked as a private attorney and as a public defender in criminal defense, juvenile delinquency, and child-in-need-of-aid cases.

The three-judge Court of Appeals is the first appellate-level court for criminal cases.

Kossler was named to the bench by Governor Sean Parnell on Friday. He succeeds the previous judge, Joel Bolger, who was recently appointed to the Supreme Court.

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