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District Court Judge
Sigurd E. Murphy, Third Judicial District



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DATE OF BIRTH: April 5, 1946
PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
SPOUSE: Mary
CHILDREN: Anne Marie, Sigurd III
MAILING ADDRESS:

825 West 4th Avenue
Room 342
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
OCCUPATION: District Court Judge

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
26 years
Anchorage: 1972-present

EDUCATION:
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.

MILITARY SERVICE:
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.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Family, hunting, reading, diving (Master Diver)

OTHER:
American Judges Association - Domestic Violence Committee; numerous justice-related committees in an attempt to improve the justice system.


STATEMENT:

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.


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