Criminal Law

  • McGuire v. State In Mcguire v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals held that when an officer has probable cause to arrest an individual for a drug offense, and has reason to believe that the individual might have other evidence of that offense on his person, the officer is authorized to conduct a pat-down search. During a traffic ...
  • Silas v. State In Silas v. State the Alaska Court of Appeals held that an individual’s revocation of probation requires a finding of good cause. Roy Silas was convicted of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and served a term of active imprisonment followed by 10 years of probation with a 5-year suspended term of imprisonment. A condition ...
  • Pfister v. State In Pfister v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals held that a surviving felony accomplice may be prosecuted for manslaughter when a fellow accomplice is killed by the victim or responding police officers.  Brian Albert Pfister and two accomplices broke into the home of a marijuana grower and robbed him. Pfister waited outside while his ...
  • Pulusila v. State In Pulusila v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals held that in interpreting a condition of probation, a court must consider (1) whether a particular interpretation would ensure public safety or foster the defendant’s rehabilitation, and (2) how a reasonable person in the defendant’s place would understand the probation condition. In September 2016, Pulusila was ...
  • Ladick v. State In Ladick v. State, the court of appeals held that when the government prosecutes defendants for breath-test refusal it must prove a causal connection between the arrest and the act of driving or operating a motor vehicle. After a state trooper discovered Ladick intoxicated while sitting in a parked car in a power line easement, ...
  • State v. Ranstead In State v. Ranstead, the supreme court held that a sentencing court need not make particularized findings to support uncontested conditions of probation, and that a defendant must object to a proposed condition of probation to preserve it for appeal. Defendant Ranstead plead guilty to second-degree sexual assault. His presentence report recommended imprisonment followed by probation ...
  • Brown v. State In Brown v. State, the supreme court held that an assertion that appellate counsel had a conflict of interest against appellate counsel, and a request to disqualify an appellate judge should be made as part of a post-conviction relief petition rather than in an immediate appeal to the supreme court. Brown petitioned the supreme-court for ...
  • Osborne v. State In Osborne v. State, the court of appeals held that, to obtain a search warrant covering anyone arriving at a premises during the execution of the warrant, the police must affirmatively establish good reason to believe that any and all persons who arrive will likely be participants in the criminal activity investigated. In Osborne, the police ...
  • Medina v. State In Medina v. State, the court of appeals held that probationers are able to seek credit for time spent in earlier court-ordered treatment programs for the purposes of subsequent probation revocation proceedings. After Medina violated his probation, the superior court ordered him to complete a residential treatment program. Although Medina successfully completed the program, he ...
  • Luch v. State In Luch v. State, the court of appeals held that a married person is not entitled to a heat of passion defense based on the discovery of adultery unless the married person has personal knowledge of such adultery. In 2010, Luch overheard his wife, Jocelyn, talking with another man on the telephone. This began a ...

Criminal Law

  • McGuire v. State In Mcguire v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals held that when an officer has probable cause to arrest an individual for a drug offense, and has reason to believe that the individual might have other evidence of that offense on his person, the officer is authorized to conduct a pat-down search. During a traffic ...
  • Silas v. State In Silas v. State the Alaska Court of Appeals held that an individual’s revocation of probation requires a finding of good cause. Roy Silas was convicted of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and served a term of active imprisonment followed by 10 years of probation with a 5-year suspended term of imprisonment. A condition ...
  • Pfister v. State In Pfister v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals held that a surviving felony accomplice may be prosecuted for manslaughter when a fellow accomplice is killed by the victim or responding police officers.  Brian Albert Pfister and two accomplices broke into the home of a marijuana grower and robbed him. Pfister waited outside while his ...
  • Pulusila v. State In Pulusila v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals held that in interpreting a condition of probation, a court must consider (1) whether a particular interpretation would ensure public safety or foster the defendant’s rehabilitation, and (2) how a reasonable person in the defendant’s place would understand the probation condition. In September 2016, Pulusila was ...
  • Ladick v. State In Ladick v. State, the court of appeals held that when the government prosecutes defendants for breath-test refusal it must prove a causal connection between the arrest and the act of driving or operating a motor vehicle. After a state trooper discovered Ladick intoxicated while sitting in a parked car in a power line easement, ...
  • State v. Ranstead In State v. Ranstead, the supreme court held that a sentencing court need not make particularized findings to support uncontested conditions of probation, and that a defendant must object to a proposed condition of probation to preserve it for appeal. Defendant Ranstead plead guilty to second-degree sexual assault. His presentence report recommended imprisonment followed by probation ...
  • Brown v. State In Brown v. State, the supreme court held that an assertion that appellate counsel had a conflict of interest against appellate counsel, and a request to disqualify an appellate judge should be made as part of a post-conviction relief petition rather than in an immediate appeal to the supreme court. Brown petitioned the supreme-court for ...
  • Osborne v. State In Osborne v. State, the court of appeals held that, to obtain a search warrant covering anyone arriving at a premises during the execution of the warrant, the police must affirmatively establish good reason to believe that any and all persons who arrive will likely be participants in the criminal activity investigated. In Osborne, the police ...
  • Medina v. State In Medina v. State, the court of appeals held that probationers are able to seek credit for time spent in earlier court-ordered treatment programs for the purposes of subsequent probation revocation proceedings. After Medina violated his probation, the superior court ordered him to complete a residential treatment program. Although Medina successfully completed the program, he ...
  • Luch v. State In Luch v. State, the court of appeals held that a married person is not entitled to a heat of passion defense based on the discovery of adultery unless the married person has personal knowledge of such adultery. In 2010, Luch overheard his wife, Jocelyn, talking with another man on the telephone. This began a ...