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Legal workaround possible for crime reform bill


November 23, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – While constitutional questions swirl around a crime bill recently passed by the Alaska Legislature, the director of the state Department of Law's criminal division thinks the courts will work out a solution.

John Skidmore said courts will find a way to interpret the law in a way that avoids constitutional issues, KTOO radio reported.

But Tara Rich, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, believes the courts will invalidate a provision dealing with Class C felonies. She also expects legal challenges if Gov. Bill Walker signs the bill, SB54, whic...

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