Anchorage judge to rule on Kohring appeal

Posted: Monday, August 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Federal Judge John Sedwick in Anchorage says he'll rule as soon as he can on a request from former state Rep. Vic Kohring to have corruption charges dismissed because of alleged misconduct by prosecutors.

At a hearing Thursday, Kohring's lawyer said federal prosecutors manipulated testimony and hid evidence. A Justice Department lawyer acknowledged prosecutors should have shared more evidence at the 2007 trial, but said the conviction was fair. The attorney says the damning evidence was a secretly recorded video in which Kohring took money and asked what he could do in the Legislature.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Kohring served about a year of a 42-month sentence. He was freed in 2009 while he appealed.

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