Justice Eastaugh was subject to a retention election in November of 2008 for a new ten-year term on the court. He won this retention vote with 62.77% of the vote. Eastaugh retired from the court on November 2, 2009. and was replaced by Craig Stowers.
Justice Eastaugh holds a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Eastaugh was admitted to practice law in Alaska in 1968. He was an Alaska Assistant Attorney General from 1968 to 1969 and an Assistant District Attorney from 1969 to 1972. He was in private practice at Delaney, Wiles, Hayes, Reitman & Brubaker, Inc. between 1972 and 1994.
2008 retention election
The cases that the Alaska Republican Party cited in its objection to Eastaugh were:
- Alaska Department of Health and Social Services v. Planned Parenthood: a decision that requires the State of Alaska to pay for abortions through Medicaid.
- ACLU v. State of Alaska: a decision written by Eastaugh which determined that state and local governments in Alaska must provide the same employment benefits to same-sex couples that they provide to married couples.
- State of Alaska v. Planned Parenthood of Alaska: a 3-2 decision which overturned a statute that required teenagers who want an abortion to obtain either parental consent, or the permission of a judge.
- 2008 retention recommendation for Eastaugh from the Alaska Judicial Council.
- Alaska 2008 judicial retention information (PDF). Scroll to pages 78-84.
- Official election results, 2008 election
- Associated Press "Another vacancy in the Alaska Supreme Court" April 17, 2009
- Alaska Republicans.com "Alaska Voters and Candidate Challenge Process for Selecting State Judges" July 18, 2009
- Sean Parnell Press Release "Parnell Names Supreme Court Judge," December 2, 2009
- Project VoteSmart, Robert Eastaugh's Biography
- Alaska Election Board, 2008 Official Election Results
- Resolution of the Alaska Republican Party urging a "no" vote on retention
- "Alaska Republican Party Urges Alaskan Voters To Reject Alaska Supreme Court Justice Robert Eastaugh For Retention," October 27, 2008
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