The Law: Face on the Courtroom Floor

Striding into an Anchorage bank last summer, an Alaskan state trooper pulled out his pistol and seized $6,000. The money belonged to the local bar association, and the trooper was there on orders of the Alaska Supreme Court, which has stirred up a raging feud by its effort to put Alaska's 211 lawyers under the court's tight control. So determined is the court that it has even tried to disband the state bar association.

Alaska's bar is now suing Alaska's bench in a three-judge federal court, and is bitterly assailing such new rules as a $600 bond requirement for anyone seeking jury...

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