Government will pay Kott's legal bills

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The legal bills of former state Rep. Pete Kott will be paid by the federal government for the next several months.

After reviewing Kott's finances, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick said the ex-legislator and flooring contractor from Eagle River is only borderline indigent.

But Sedwick said that federal prosecutors admitted their failure to provide all required information to Kott's attorneys in his trial on corruption charges and the legal bills have stretched Kott's modest means too far.

Sedwick ordered the government to pay Kott's appellate attorney for work she does after July 1.

Kott and former Rep. Vic Kohring were freed from prison two weeks ago when prosecutors agreed the government failed to provide evidence favorable to the defendants before their 2007 trials.

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