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Nooksack Judge Fired (In Her Own Words), and Why You (Each of You) Should Care by Gabe Galanda


So a month of speculation ended on Friday with this Bellingham Herald story, and former Chief Judge Susan Alexander’s explanation of her termination “without cause.”

After Judge Alexander passed a “random” drug test (for the second time this year), she was fired while finishing an opinion to compel an election that a Nooksack Tribal Council faction has simply refused to call—she was terminated “at a critical juncture” in the case, as she put it.

The Tribal Council faction decided to “take a different direction” with the Court, and are now going to replace Judge Alexander if they can “find a right fit with a judge.” There’s no need to decipher these cryptic words.


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