Last year, I served as foreman on a grand jury panel. At the end of every day, one of my duties as foreman was to accompany the Assistant District Attorney over to Superior Court for "returns." We had to see a judge to complete the process. We never knew when this would take place, but we had to see a judge. This was extra work for the judge, as all judges have a busy schedule. In the course of my service on the grand jury, I appeared before Judge Michael Corey for returns more than any other Superior Court judge. It is my experience that Judge Corey is an excellent judge. The grand jury clerk knew that when she needed help, she could call Judge Corey and he would make time for returns.
I am frustrated with recent opinion columns and letters to the editor that call for the removal of Judge Corey. In the case of Justin Schneider, Judge Corey followed the law in accepting the plea deal. The victim did not appear at the plea bargain hearing. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Grannick made the deal for the state. Why has our social media put the blame on Judge Corey and not ADA Grannick?
I suggest that the voting public research what the Alaskan Judicial Council has to say about Judge Corey, and not believe everything they read on social media. If you really want to know who the good judges are, ask the clerks who run courthouse. Vote to retain Judge Michael Corey!
— Daniel Page
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