TODAY at 3:00pm, a serious conflict of interest will unfold at the Nesbitt Courthouse in downtown Anchorage unless many more Alaskans step forward right now and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
Planned Parenthood's latest lawsuit against the State of Alaska is essentially trying to mandate that ELECTIVE abortions are paid for through the State's Medicaid program.
NO OTHER ELECTIVE PROCEDURE IS PAID FOR BY MEDICAID but this doesn't stop the non-sensical abortion on demand crowd from trying to force you and I to pay for elective abortions.
We're very confident that the rule of law will be upheld in Court but NOT UNLESS the current Judge, Mark Rindnder, is recused or taken off this case. Rindner represented and is a card carrying member of the ACLU, one of the plaintiffs in this case. His wife, Christine Schleuss, was hired by Planned Parenthood, the other plaintiff in the case, to sue the state of Alaska back in 1998 over THE VERY SAME ISSUE that is involved in yesterday's lawsuit: Medicaid funding of abortion.
This newest lawsuit could have been assigned to any one of 14 judges in Anchorage who normally handle civil lawsuits. But it just "happened" to be assigned to Judge Mark Rindner.
So...we have Planned Parenthood being helped by the ACLU in a lawsuit against the State -- and the judge involved is married to a former Planned Parenthood attorney, and the judge himself is a former member of the ACLU and formerly worked as an attorney for them.
The Alaska Code of Judicial Conduct (Canon 3E) clearly says: "...a judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned..."
This incidence is a poster child for "conflict of interest". Judge Mark Rindner should recuse himself immediately from this case. At 3:30pm TODAY, he is scheduled to hear the case where Planned Parenthood will be asking for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the new regulation that is expected to take affect this Sunday. That would stop the regulation in its tracks. We can't let this happen.
Take action: please take a moment and contact the staff members below of the Alaska Court System. Tell them you believe Judge Mark Rindner should recuse himself immediately from this case: Planned Parenthood vs. William Streur.
Any failure of the judge to do so will severely damage the public's confidence in the impartiality of the court system.
Here are the people to contact NOW -
Christine Johnson, Admin Director, Alaska Court System
Nancy Meade, General Counsel, Alaska Court System
Cynthia Lee, Clerk of the Trial Court