Dismissal sought in fishing case

January 8, 2010 

JUNEAU -- State Sen. Albert Kookesh and the three co-defendants accused of illegal subsistence fishing have filed a court motion to have the case dismissed.

They claim the state acted outside its jurisdiction. Juneau District Attorney Doug Gardner told the Juneau Empire newspaper he will oppose the motion.

A trial scheduled to begin Monday was postponed until April.

The defendants 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 on July 12 and had permits for 60.

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