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.
- The Juneau Assembly voted 6-3 to reaffirm its commitment to combating climate change. Opponents argued against interjecting into a national debate.
- The Utah man accused of killing his wife aboard a cruise ship in Southeast Alaska is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing 10 a.m. Wednesday.
- More than 50 pilots and flight attendants picketed Monday afternoon in front of Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. Their goal was to call on Alaska Airlines management to give them what they view as fairer wages and benefits.
- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said being unaffiliated has helped him and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott work on issues without concern about party politics.