Judge Corey was defeated on Tuesday.
Published November 10, 2018
Editor’s Note: This article contains sexual content that may offend some readers.
ANCHORAGE — The voices of outraged Alaskan citizens were heard when they voted on Tuesday. Anchorage Superior Judge Michael Corey, who faced outrage when sentenced a non-Native man who choked and sexually assaulted a Alaska Native woman to no jail time, was defeated in his attempt for reelection to the bench on Tuesday.
Judge Corey drew national attention in September 2018 when he sentenced Justin Scott Schneider, 34, to no jail time. Scott choked a woman until she was unconsious and then masturbated on her.
Schneider was given a sentence to two years in prison with one year of it suspended. He was given credit for the time of house arrest, which, in essence, gave this violent sex offender a mere slap on his wrists—with no jail time.
At the time of the sentencing, the prosecutor said Alaska state law prevented him from bringing a sexual assault against Scott because current Alaska law does not consider masturbating on an individual against their will a sexual assault.
Even though, an independent review of the judge’s sentencing of Scott was conducted by the Department of Law Criminal Division Director and indicated Corey was in his limits of sentencing, the public felt differently and voted not to retain him as superior judge.
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