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Across the Nation: Dorsey partner is new Alaska attorney general

Dorsey partner is new Alaska attorney general

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Jahna Lindemuth didn’t get a seat on the Alaska Supreme Court last month, but she got the attention of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker when she was a finalist.

“When I got to know Jahna during the Supreme Court nomination process, I knew she would be a good fit with my administration at some point,” Walker said on Tuesday when introducing Lindemuth as Alaska’s new attorney general.

The Anchorage attorney known for her pro bono work with the so-called Fairbanks Four replaces Craig Richards, who resigned late last week. She will begin in early August.

Lindemuth said she has a steep learning curve, coming to state service from the private sector.

“It really comes down to providing the best legal advice to the state I can,” she said. “So, the way I approach this, the state is my new client, and I’m its lawyer,” she said.

Walker’s office said Lindemuth is the second woman to be appointed as Alaska’s top lawyer, and was among four finalists for the job.

Lindemuth has extensive experience in commercial litigation, administrative management and appellate work. Born and raised in Anchorage, Lindemuth is a partner in the law firm, Dorsey & Whitney, and heads the company’s Anchorage office.

She and the law firm did extensive work on behalf the three Alaska Native men and an American Indian — George Frese, Eugene Vent, Marvin Roberts and Kevin Pease — who had been convicted of second-degree murder even though they maintained their innocence in the 1997 death of teenager John Hartman in Fairbanks.

Alaska Native leaders had long advocated for the release of the Fairbanks Four, saying the convictions were racially motivated and emblematic of how indigenous people have been treated by the justice system.

The men reached a settlement with the state last year that threw out their murder convictions. As part of the settlement, the three men remaining in jail were freed. All four agreed not to sue government entities.

 

Ex-Secretary of state loses law license

INDIANAPOLIS — The state Supreme Court has suspended former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s law license for two years following his 2012 conviction on felony charges including voter fraud, perjury and theft.

The court issued the suspension Tuesday without automatic reinstatement. The Republican was elected in 2010. He was automatically removed from office in 2012 after jurors in Hamilton County convicted him of the felonies. He served one year of house arrest.

The state high court said the disciplinary penalty usually would be stiffer but noted that White’s license already has been under interim suspension for four years while his case proceeded. White can petition the court to reinstate his license after two years.

The case against White, a graduate of the Valparaiso School of Law, stemmed from his using his ex-wife’s home in Fishers as his voting address in 2010 while serving on the Indianapolis suburb’s town council and running for secretary of state as he lived at his then-fiancee’s townhouse.

In December 2014 a state appeals court upheld three of White’s felony convictions for perjury, voting in an incorrect precinct and theft, which was for wrongly accepting his Fishers Town Council salary while not living in his council district.

The appeals court judges ruled that White’s convictions for submitting a fraudulent voter’s registration and casting a fraudulent election ballot represented double jeopardy with other charges and that a perjury conviction for giving a false address on a marriage license application was improper.

 

Court bars former TV judge from practicing law

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former television judge Joe Brown cannot practice law in Tennessee under an order from the state Supreme Court.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the state’s highest court has placed Brown on disability inactive status, which designates that a lawyer is temporarily disabled and incapacitated from practicing law. Lawyers can resume practice when they prove to the court that the disability has been removed.

Production company Celebritunity says Brown is suffering from complications from type II diabetes “and the effects of prescribed medication for the condition combined with hypertension and stress.”

Brown unsuccessfully ran for Shelby County district attorney in 2014. He was jailed for five days last September for contempt of court stemming from an outburst in Juvenile Court in March 2014.

 

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