Kott, Kohring Retrials Will Be Held in Fairbanks

A federal judge has ordered the retrials of former Alaska lawmakers Pete Kott and Victor Kohring be held in Fairbanks.

Kott, through an attorney, had asked to have the trial moved out of Anchorage, or out of state, because of “inflammatory” media coverage. Kohring claimed the same in seeking to have his case heard out of state.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said today concerns raised by Kott and Kohring aren’t without merit, considering post-trial publicity. He ordered the trials be moved “in an abundance of caution.”

Beistline found holding the trials out of the state inappropriate.

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