Appeals court tosses Alaska lawmaker’s conviction

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out the conviction and ordered a new trial for former Alaska lawmaker Victor Kohring, finding that prosecutors had withheld information that could have been favorable to him.

One judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a partially dissenting opinion that went even further. The judge argued that an indictment against Kohring should have been dismissed and said the case exemplifies “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct.”

Kohring was accused of taking money from officials of an oil-field service company, then offering to do their bidding in the Legislature.

Kohring was convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to commit extortion, attempted extortion and bribery. He was serving a 3 1/2-year sentence when he was released from prison in 2009 while his case underwent further review.

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