Attorney seeking former AK Rep. Anderson's release

Posted: Sunday, August 02, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A new attorney for former Alaska state Rep. Tom Anderson says he hopes to free him from federal prison before his sentence is complete.

Anchorage lawyer Fred Dewey filed notice last week in federal court that he now represents Anderson. Dewey told The Anchorage Daily News that he hopes to gain Anderson's release, but declined to provide details.

Anderson, an Anchorage Republican, was convicted in 2007 of seven corruption-related counts and sentenced to five years in prison. He was accused of taking money he thought was from a private prison firm in exchange for his help on legislation. Instead, the money was supplied by the FBI through an informant.

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