If Murkowski Cheated On Bar Exam, Why Not Cheat In An Election?
In 1987, after presumably taking and failing the admittedly difficult Alaskan Bar Exam several times, Senator Lisa Murkowski seems to have begun a long-term close relationship with a bar exam preparation company later hit with an 11.9 million dollar copyright violation judgment for wrongly acquiring currently in use bar exam questions to provide to exam applicants for a fee.
Documented by the public record below, some sources believe Murkowski was perhaps too caught up in the high-life at a heady restaurant, owned by husband Vern Martell in the 80s, to focus on passing the exam without cheating. I've heard reports that it was not uncommon to find lines at the night spot and Murkowski's social life may have impaired her judgment, willingness, or ability, to pass the bar legitimately in her younger days.
Murkowski's online bio documents the gap between her graduating law school and being admitted to the Alaska Bar, a time span in which the exam would have been available for taking four, or more times.
In 1985 she graduated with a law degree from Willamette University and became a member of the Alaska Bar Association in 1987.
Murkowski's status with the Alaskan Bar is inactive and it's believed she never actually practiced. While all of the information at this link can not be vouched for, credible sources in Alaska claim Murkowski became the state representative for PMBR in 1987.
Current U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was in charge of PMBR or Multi-State Section Alaska Bar Exam from 1987-98 until her father, Frank Murkowski, arranged for her to get a State House seat.
As documented in a complaint filed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners against PMBR in 2003 - (excerpted below in pertinent part) - it was actually an incident in Alaska that ultimately initiated the official filing. As documented in a page 1 story in a 2006 edition of The Gavel (pdf), the action resulted in an 11.9 million dollar judgment for plantiffs in the case.
While perhaps impossible to prove so many years on, strong circumstantial evidence exists to support an allegation Murkowski took an unethical short-cut in her path to admittance to the Alaskan Bar. If it's true that Murkowski went to such lengths to be positioned as heir apparent to the Murkowski political dynasty in Alaska, it's not exactly a stretch to be concerned she may go to any length necessary to hold on to political power as she now finds herself unexpectedly threatened by an Alaskan population tired of the corrupt politics as usual in the state unofficially nicknamed The Last Frontier.
Today, Alaska looks more like the frontier in a battle being waged by conservatives to take back control of the GOP from too many seemingly corrupt elites like Lisa Murkowski.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BAR :
EXAMINERS : CIVIL ACTION
MULTISTATE LEGAL STUDIES, : NO. 04-3282
INC., d/b/a PMBR, ROBERT :
FEINBERG, and DONA :
The events giving rise to this lawsuit began with the February 2003 administration of the Alaska Bar exam, which was taken by Defendant Robert Feinberg, the PMBR creator and CEO, and 3 Dorothy Benson, another PMBR employee. After time was called, Feinberg attempted to leave the examination room with handwritten notes and Benson was found to have similar notes on her desk. Although Alaska is one of the few jurisdictions that allows note taking during the MBE, removal of those notes from the exam site is forbidden. After disclosure of the Alaska incident, Plaintiff obtained PMBR materials and found, so it alleges, many questions similar to those used on the MBE.