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William Carey

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This article is about William Carey, a judge of the Alaska Superior Court. For people with a similar name, see Bill Carey.
William Barker Carey
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Current Court Information:
Alaska Superior Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Superior
Appointed by:   Sarah Palin
Active:   2008-2018
Preceded by:   Michael A. Thompson
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Brown University, 1976
Law School:   University of Denver's College of Law, 1980
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Alaska First District
State:  Alaska
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  21,148
Retention vote %:  74.60% ApprovedA

William Barker Carey is a judge for the First District in Ketchikan, Alaska. He was appointed by Governor Sarah Palin on December 07, 2008 to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael A. Thompson (Alaska).[1][2] He was retained in 2012 to a term which expires in 2018.


In 1976 Judge Carey attended Brown University to earn his bachelor's degree in political science and in 1980 he attended the University of Denver's College of Law for his law degree.[2]


  • Private practice in Anchorage, with an focus on criminal defense in Southeast Alaska
  • Solo practice in 1990, he worked as a partner in two Anchorage law firms from 1982-90
  • A legal intern with Cook Inlet Native Association
  • A clerk with two Anchorage law firms[2]

Notable cases

State of Alaska v. Rachelle Waterman (2011)

This case is a re-visitation of the State of Alaska v. Rachelle Waterman case, which Patricia Collins presided over in January and February 2006.

The first trial, which ended in a hung jury in 2006, involved the alleged plot of Rachelle Waterman to murder her mother, Lauri Waterman.[3] Two of Rachelle Waterman's former boyfriends, Jason Arrant and Brian Radel, pled guilty to and were convicted of, the killing of Lauri Waterman while Rachelle Waterman was out of town with her father on November 14, 2004.[4]

On January 24, 2011 the Alaska Court of Appeals restored statements leading the state to put Rachelle Waterman on trial again. Judge William Carey is presiding over the case.[5] Carey moved the trial to Anchorage after concluding it would be difficult to seat an impartial jury in Ketchikan, Alaska.[6]

On February 7, 2011 Judge Carey denied the defense's motion to acquit Rachelle Waterman based on possible misconduct by the state. The prosecution has admitted they should have turned over e-mails about the possible misconduct by the investigator, but they say Waterman didn't suffer because the witness brought it to the defense.[7]



Carey was retained on November 6th.[8] He received 74.60% of the vote.[9]

See also: Alaska judicial elections, 2012

See also


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