Borough, ex-Mayor admit to judgment in Miller vs. FNSB


Fairbanks, Alaska.  June 18, 2012 – Today, the Fairbanks North Star Borough and its former Mayor Jim Whitaker have admitted that they are liable for a judgment to Joe Miller.  Mr. Miller accepted the Borough and Mr. Whitaker’s offer to allow the entry of a final judgment against them and in Joe Miller’s favor.  This allows an enforceable judgment to be entered against the Borough and Mr. Whitaker, both individually and jointly, on both liability and damages.

This case was never about damages. This case was about getting the truth. As a result of depositions in this case, we now have much of the truth.  We know, for instance, that implications of criminal wrongdoing made by the Borough and unsupported allegations of felonies made by Mr. Whitaker in 2010 were false. We know that the Borough Attorney had a secret meeting with Mr. Whitaker in May of 2010 where they discussed disclosing Mr. Miller’s confidential personnel information.  Based on the claim of privilege, we also know that the Borough Attorney provided legal advice to Mr. Whitaker even though he was not the Borough Mayor and she was not authorized to provide legal advice to private citizens at the time.  Many other important facts were also gathered in the course of discovery in this case.

The judgment itself of $5,000 is minimal.  Nevertheless, this was never a case about money.  Rather, this case was about getting at the truth and setting the record straight.  There is now a permanent record doing just that.

Mr. Miller thanks John Tiemessen, Esq., and all of the members of his firm of Clapp Peterson Tiemessen Thorsness & Johnson for their excellent work, both on behalf of the Joe Miller for U.S. Senate campaign as well as their work on his behalf in the litigation that followed.  No senate campaign funds were used for legal fees or costs in this case after the post election litigation concluded in January 2011.

Mr. Miller will be available for limited press inquiries tomorrow, but will be fishing with his son in Alaska on a previously scheduled trip Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday.  All inquiries should be made to Joe Miller’s spokesman, Bill Peck ([email protected]) or John Tiemessen, Esq. (907-479-7776).

  • Anna von Reitz

    The mills of God grind slow, but….

    Now, if they will just catch up to Lisa Murkowski…..

    • wagerwiththe wind

      Not to be cynical, but the Amandas of the press world will ignore reporting this victory lest their story be tarnished. Hope the case against the Alaska Dispatch which was another schemer will end in the same result.

  • Barbara J Struble

    Congratulations, Joe. Part of the truth – at last.
    Lisa’s numbered days are nearing an end. ARP now has a chair-elect who is a constitutional conservative, Joe Miller supporter (Rull Millette). God is spreading His love over Alaska. Peace,

  • Tim

    Congrats Joe!!! This victory may go unnoticed by most but it means a great deal to those of us who have believed in you and the principles and truths you stand for. This certainly won’t get the media attention that your false accusers got during the campaign, but it is permanent record and future campaigns will be aided by it. So glad that you decided to stick with it even though it was costly and would have no significant monetary return, but then, as you once told me, that’s how fights over principle are. It seems that those are about the only fights we’ve been having lately and they seem to be the only ones worth having. Well done Joe!!! Hope you guys enjoy yourselves and catch alot fish. Take care.

  • AKGuest

    Glad to see a little justice in America today. Let’s see how the Alaska Dispatch and ADN spin this one.

  • Myrna McGhie

    Wonderful news to start the day. It has always been my hope and my prayer that the truth would finally be known and your accusers would be exposed. I pray justice will be done to those corrupt people that slandered your good name. This is a day to rejoice!

  • Bob Shlafer

    Congrats, Sir!! :):)

  • GovtHostage

    Congratulations Joe!

  • Joanne Edmiston

    Congratulations on the vindication !
    It’s about bleedin’ time this issue was resolved.
    ‘Good on ‘ya that you had the tenacity to take on the liars ….
    I hope that they will be forced to pay for all your legal fees !!
    Can’t TELL you how sick I am of both Begich and Murkowski (she might as well have a big, red “D” painted on her forehead), as she and and Markie vote nearly identically on issues…
    Welcome back !!

  • Charles

    Joe… Congratulations!

    Vindication is good, but we’ll never forget the harm they caused you.