Weyhrauch files motion for federal hearing in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011

Juneau resident and former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch filed motions in the United States District Court at Anchorage on Friday to move his federal corruption trial to his hometown where he has a law practice.

A trial date had been set for May 9, 2011, in Anchorage.

In May 2007, Weyhrauch and fellow legislators Pete Kott and Vic Kohring were charged in connection with a scandal involving oilfield company VECO attempting to buy government favors in Alaska. Another representative, Tom Anderson, was sentenced in 2007 to five years for taking secret payments in return for pushing a private prison company’s interests in Alaska.

That investigation led to the trial and conviction of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens; the conviction was dismissed six months later on gross prosecutorial misconduct.

Former VECO chief Bill Allen pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy, bribery and tax violations and received a three-year sentence. His former vice president for community affairs Rick Smith pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to 21 months.

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