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|DATE OF BIRTH:||April 5, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Los Angeles, California|
|CHILDREN:||Anne Marie, Sigurd III|
825 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
|OCCUPATION:||District Court Judge|
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 26 years
High School: Ojai, 1960-64. University of Southern California, 1965-69, B.S. Public Administration. University of Southern California Law School, 1969-72, J.D.
Brigadier General (retired). Awards: The Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, Army Achievement, Army Commendations, Pathfinder Graduate, Alaska Commendation, Alaska Disaster Relief.
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
District Court Judge. Member, Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
American Bar Association, Alaska Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States of America and Military Court of Appeals
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Anchorage East Rotary; Past President. Church Lay Leader. Armed Forces YMCA; Board Member.
Family, hunting, reading, diving (Master Diver)
American Judges Association - Domestic Violence Committee; numerous justice-related committees in an attempt to improve the justice system.
I appreciate this opportunity to address you on the subject
of my retention. My judicial philosophy is straight forward.
As a judge I hold a public trust to administer justice fairly
and impartially. I believe in God and country and begin each
court day with the pledge of allegiance to remind all present
of our obligation to ensure "justice for all."
In all criminal proceedings, while mindful of the rights of the accused, I also consider the rights of victims and when imposing criminal sentences I weigh numerous factors, including the need to confine a defendant to prevent further harm to the public and to deter the defendant and others from future criminal conduct. Because of my concern about such issues as the high cost of litigation and the increase in violence in our society, I am a member of various private and public boards and committees to include the American Judges Association Domestic Violence Committee.
I believe in the power of an informed public and therefore promote awareness of the judicial system by giving speeches, teaching at schools, and hosting court tours. Constant public scrutiny motivates judges, prosecutors, jurors and witnesses to adhere strictly to their oaths of duty. I believe judges must be intelligent, hardworking civil servants, which is why you will often find me working on weekends and holidays. My judicial colleagues exhibit exemplary integrity, diligence and compassion. I am honored to be a member of the best state judicial system in our country.
ALASKA JUDICIAL COUNCIL