Alaska Corruption Cases Update

We all know the case against Sen. Ted Stevens was dropped.  Now, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will seek release of two former Alaska officeholders who had been convicted in 2007 (and were serving time in prison) due to the same concerns that led him to drop the case against Sen. Ted Stevens. 

The Department of Justice today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to remand the cases of former Alaska State Representatives Victor Kohring and Peter Kott, who were convicted on corruption charges in 2007, to the District Court. The Department also asked the Court of Appeals to release the two on personal recognizance, after the Department uncovered material that appears to be information that should have been, but was not, disclosed to the defense prior to trial.

Attorney General Eric Holder also instructed the Department’s Criminal Division to review the Department’s public corruption investigation in Alaska to ensure that all other discovery obligations have been met.

“After a careful review of these cases, I have determined that it appears that the Department did not provide information that should have been disclosed to the defense,” Holder said. “Department of Justice prosecutors work hard every day and perform a great service for the American people. But the Department’s mission is to do justice, not just win cases, and when we make mistakes, it is our duty to admit and correct those mistakes. We are committed to doing that.”

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