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Judge Faces Complaint Over Pay Affidavits
A Palmer district court judge is accused of submitting inaccurate pay affidavits asserting he was current in his case load.
JUNEAU- A Palmer district court judge is accused of submitting inaccurate pay affidavits asserting he was current in his case load.
Judge William Estelle admits he submitted affidavits with incorrect information but denies his conduct violated canons of the state Code of Judicial Conduct.
Estelle, in written response to the complaint by the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, says he reported the situation himself and expressed remorse. He says he has improved his office practices to prevent similar future problems. Estelle says he didn't act out of a dishonest motive and has an excellent reputation.
The complaint alleges Estelle submitted pay affidavits that were factually incorrect for three cases during three time periods, resulting in him being paid when pay should have been withheld until he rendered decisions in those matters.