Former Alaska lawmakers to get new trials

AP News
Posted: Jun 30, 2011 3:21 PM
Former Alaska lawmakers to get new trials

Two former Alaska lawmakers whose corruption convictions were overturned due to prosecutorial errors are getting new trials.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline on Wednesday set a tentative trial date of Oct. 24 for Victor Kohring and of Nov. 28 for Pete Kott. Both trials are to take place in Anchorage.

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court overturned both men's convictions and ordered new trials for them after determining prosecutors had withheld evidence.

Kott and Kohring were among a group of Alaska lawmakers caught in a wide-ranging federal corruption probe that also ensnared U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who died last year.

Stevens was convicted of lying on financial disclosure forms, but a federal judge threw out the matter after finding that prosecutors also had withheld evidence.