Prosecutors Wait to Decide on Appeal of Dismissed Charges Against Kookesh

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Prosecutors will wait before deciding whether to appeal the dismissal of a fishing citation against State Senator Albert Kookesh.

A judge on Thursday threw out charges alleging Kookesh and three others overfished their subsistence permits while harvesting sockeye salmon last summer.

District Attorney Doug Gardner says officials will wait for a written ruling due out in about a week.

Kookesh and the other defendants, all Angoon residents, argued that the state failed to follow its own rules for setting harvest limits.

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