Alaska corruption figure wins sentencing delay

Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A U.S. District Court judge has set an October 2010 sentencing date for Jim Clark, former Gov. Frank Murkowski's chief of staff.

Clark pleaded guilty more than a year ago to conspiring to violate Alaska's campaign finance laws, but Judge John Sedwick said Thursday that Clark won't be sentenced until after the expected trial of former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch.

Clark is expected to testify for the government in Weyhrauch's case.

Clark was a key player in the Murkowski administration's efforts to change oil taxes and promote construction of a gas line from the North Slope. Federal prosecutors say Weyhrauch took official action on behalf of an oil-field service company, while at the same time negotiating a job with the company.

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