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Kohring's corruption conviction will stand, judge rules

A federal judge Wednesday rejected claims by former Rep. Vic Kohring that his 2007 trial on corruption charges was tainted by evidence wrongly withheld by prosecutors.

In allowing Kohring's conviction to stand, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick admonished federal prosecutors, saying they had "no excuse" for failing to turn over important information to Kohring's defense as required by law. But, he added, he didn't believe it would have made a difference to the verdicts "in the context of the entire record."

The evidence, including videotapes of Kohring taking money from officials of the oil-field service company Veco, then offering to do their bidding in the Legislature, was overwhelming, he said.

Sedwick reached a similar conclusion earlier this year in the appeal of former House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican.

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