BREAKING NEWS. This just in for the self named “Corrupt Bastard Club” members Pete Kott and Vic Kohring.
DEPARTMENT ASKS ALASKA CORRUPTION CASES BE REMANDED TO DISTRICT COURT,
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVES BE RELEASED
“WASHINGTON – 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.”
“The Criminal Division must ensure that defendants receive all
appropriate discovery materials, and today’s action demonstrates that
commitment to this responsibility,” said Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant
Attorney General of the Criminal Division. “We will continue regular
discovery training for all Criminal Division prosecutors to make
certain that they perform their duties in adherence to the highest
ethical standards. Every day, hundreds of career prosecutors work to
uphold this Division’s proud tradition of being vigilant, ethical and
stellar in the execution of their work. This action is faithful to
Kohring was convicted in U.S. District Court for the District of
Alaska on Nov. 1, 2007, of bribery and extortion-related charges. He
was sentenced on May 9, 2008, to 42 months in prison and two years of
supervised release. Kott was convicted on Sept. 25, 2007, of bribery
and extortion-related charges and was sentenced on 72 months in prison
and three years of supervised release.”
I watched the trials. No really. I almost got kicked out for laughing at the audio tapes of Pete Kott and Veco’s Bill Allen talking about a drug mix up. Allen had given Pete sleeping pills and Viagra. He mixed them up and “was up all night.”
None of this makes sense yet. What do we do with all the “Thanks FBI” bumper stickers?
I’m voting for new trials…with popcorn this time…and a beer garden!