Judge grants delay of Kookesh trial

Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009

SITKA - The trial of state Sen. Albert Kookesh, cited in July for a subsistence fishing violation, has been delayed until Jan. 4.

The 60-year-old Angoon Democrat and three other men were scheduled to go to trial Oct. 5.

They are accused of using a beach seine net to catch more sockeye salmon than was allowed in Kanalku Bay near Angoon. Prosecutors say the fishermen caught 148 sockeye and had permits for 60.

Kookesh has denied any wrongdoing.

He said the citation raises questions about the state's jurisdiction to enforce subsistence rules.

The trial will be held in Angoon District Court with Sitka Judge David George presiding.

Kookesh and the other defendants requested the trial delay.

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