Trial dates set for Kohring, Kott

June 30, 2011 

JUNEAU -- 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 case after finding that prosecutors also had withheld evidence.

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