Fairbanks Four

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A panel of 3 9th Circuit Court justices heard arguments this (Fri) morning in Fairbanks in the appeal of a federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks. Four Native men, known as the Fairbanks Four, appealed an October 2018 lower court judge’s dismissal of their case, which alleges police misconduct in the investigation of a 1997 murder. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Free The Fairbanks Four

It’s up to US District Court Judge H. Russel Holland to decide if a federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks will proceed. Judge Holland heard attorneys argue yesterday (Weds) in Fairbanks, on a city motion to dismiss the suit filed by Native (3 Ak Native and 1 American Indian) men, known as the Fairbanks Four. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports

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Fairbanks Four co-defendant Marvin Roberts is suing the city and four Fairbanks police officers over allegations that his civil rights were violated by police during their investigation of a 1997 murder, which led to a trial and conviction of the plaintiff and three others in 1999.

Rachel Saylor

A member of the Tanana Chiefs Conference Native Justice Task Force says the federal Department of Justice is tracking the case of the Fairbanks Four. That’s the four Alaska Native men who the task force and others say were wrongfully convicted of killing a teenager in Fairbanks in 1997.

Alaska House Democratic Caucus

Fairbanks Democratic State Representative Scott Kawasaki has pre-filed a bill that would set up a system for compensating people wrongfully convicted of crimes. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the issue is of particular interest in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Four Hearing

Nov 12, 2014
Dan Bross / KUAC

There was a hearing in the Fairbanks Four case yesterday (Mon.). The hearing in state court was requested by the Alaska Innocence Project, which is attempting to overturn guilty convictions of George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, the 4 men imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports

Anchorage, AK - In an address to the Alaska Federation of Natives over the weekend, US Senator Lisa Murkowski called for improvements to the tribal justice system in the state of Alaska. “We can start by ensuring that there is justice for the Fairbanks Four," said the Senator. 

It’s unclear what role the Murkowski can play in a review of the Fairbanks Four case.  Last week, Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart told the convention he supports a review of the case at the federal level.