Anderson swaps lawyers

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Tom Anderson, who faces seven federal felony charges, has hired a new lawyer.

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Paul Stockler, a well-known Anchorage attorney, was confirmed at a brief federal court hearing Monday. Stockler is a former state prosecutor who was part of a team that successfully defended Rob Kane and Security Aviation on federal weapons charges earlier this year. He usually handles complicated civil litigation, he said.

Anderson had originally requested the services of Jeff Feldman, also a prominent Anchorage attorney. But Feldman said he could not handle Anderson's case because he is busy representing BP in an investigation into pipeline corrosion and has trials in civil cases coming up next year.

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