With virtually no advanced notice, additional e-mails were released yesterday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests that are over three years old.. The original production of some of the e-mails requested occurred on June 13, 2011 and included 24,199 pages. In June we knew that 2,275 pages were withheld, and the list of documents “redacted” was 79 pages long. The list of documents totally withheld was 189 pages long.
Having reviewed several articles regarding the release yesterday of 17,736 records, or 34,820 pages, I have found no information available about any additional documents that have been withheld or redacted. Given the voluminous number of records withheld and redacted in the original production, it is strange that this production did not include a similar list of documents withheld. What is the difference? Could it be that there is a different Attorney General, Michael Geraghty. in charge of the production instead of John Burns?
Mr. Burns served as the Attorney General for one year, announcing his resignation last November. Mr. Geraghty is the attorney who replaced Mr. Burns, and has served in that position approximately one month. In that short period of time the Attorney General’s Office has settled the case with Frank Bailey and produced thousands of pages of Sarah Palin e-mails requested so long ago. Is it possible that Mr. Geraghty is attempting to clean up the mess left behind in the office of the Attorney General? Consider what we know about Mr. Geraghty…
Prior to his appointment as Alaska’s Attorney General, Michael C. Geraghty was a partner in the Anchorage law firm DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel, PC. Geraghty began working at the firm in 1979 with a practice devoted exclusively to litigation and appeals before state and federal courts. He appeared as lead counsel in civil and criminal law matters, as well as proceedings before the OSHA Review Board, the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights, and the US Land Commission. He has tried cases to verdict before juries across Alaska including Fairbanks, Anchorage, Barrow, Kenai, and Dillingham.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Geraghty’s private practice focused on areas and industries reflecting Alaska’s growth and history, including natural resources, oil and gas, and construction. He has been involved in numerous complex cases, including class actions and anti-trust. Geraghty has appeared before the Alaska Supreme Court in numerous cases involving sovereign immunity, administrative law, insurance and bad faith, attorney-client privilege, OSHA regulations, contract claims, shareholder disputes, products liability, and premises-landowner liability.
In 2005 he was appointed by the Governor to serve Alaska as a Uniform Law Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. In 2007 he was honored by his peers when he received the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors Professionalism Award “in recognition of exemplary conduct in his association with the public, his colleagues and the legal community.” Starting in 2007 Geraghty was recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Construction Law and Personal Injury Litigation. He was recognized as a Superlawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine starting in 2008. In 2011 he was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation “in recognition of outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the advancement of the objectives of the American Bar Association.”
Geraghty received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. He graduated with a JD Cum Laude from the University of Santa Clara. Geraghty and his wife Mishel have lived in Anchorage for 30 years. They have five children: Colin (27), Mickey (22), Kiefer (20), Devin (18) and Jack (12).
He and his wife have been active in Special Olympics for many years. Geraghty was one of the founding directors on the board of Life Alaska Donor Services, Alaska’s only tissue and organ donor program.
Given his background, we should give Mr. Geraghty the benefit of the doubt and assume him to be an honest and forthright public servant. If he is there is an Ethics Complaint against Sarah Palin that is in serious need of attention.