Politics & Government

Judge orders immediate release of Alaskan Reps.

ANCHORAGE &mdahs; U.S. District Judge John Sedwick put more urgency this morning into the release from prison of two former state legislators, directing corrections officials to immediately set them free and U.S. marshals to give them plane tickets back to Alaska.

The new orders, filed in U.S. District Court, expand on orders Sedwick issued Wednesday to the U.S. Marshals Service that it arrange for the return to Alaska of former Reps. Pete Kott and Vic Kohring "as soon as reasonably possible."

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the release of Kott and Kohring when the Justice Department said their 2007 corruption trials were tainted by the failure of prosecutors to turn over favorable evidence. The appellate court directed Sedwick, the trial judge for both defendants, to set the conditions for release.

In his most recent orders, Sedwick said Kott and Kohring must be "immediately released from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons." He directed the Marshals Service to give both men plane tickets to Anchorage "at the earliest possible time."

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