Judge to decide trials for ex-lawmakers

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors have decided against dismissing charges against two former Alaska lawmakers who claim their corruption convictions in a bribery case resulted from prosecutorial misconduct.

In court documents filed Friday in Anchorage, prosecutors and defense attorneys said they couldn't agree on how the cases against former Reps. Pete Kott and Vic Kohring should proceed.

The disagreement leaves U.S. District Judge John Sedwick to decide later this year or in 2010 whether Kott and Kohring will receive new trials on charges of taking bribes from an oil-field contractor.

Their convictions were challenged because the same team of prosecutors handled a related case against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, whose conviction for failing to disclose gifts from the contractor was thrown out because evidence was withheld.

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