Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

    Magistrate George Peck (Photo Credit: Alaska Court System.)

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The longest serving magistrate in Alaska is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican party.

    Former Seward Magistrate George Peck has written four letters to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the latest in December which claimed the Republican party “is actively trying to steer the U.S. into an authoritarian kleptocracy.” 

    The Anchorage Daily News reports other letters have been critical of former President Donald Trump and Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy. 

    After a court human resources investigation, the 81-year-old Peck received a letter last Wednesday saying he was in violation of Alaska's code of judicial conduct.

    He was told he would be fired on Friday.

    He instead resigned.

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