Pete Kott to appeal conviction and sentence
December 19, 2007
Convicted Alaska lawmaker Pete Kott has decided to appeal his corruption convictions and his December 7th sentence.
The Associated Press reports that the appeal could take up to 18 months for the 9th Circuit Court to hear Kott's case.
The AP also says that Kott's attorney will file a motion with the court to keep Kott out of prison until the 9th Circuit rules on his appeal.
Kott, Alaska's former speaker of the House, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his convictions on bribery, conspiracy, and extortion charges in September.
Kott was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, ordered to receive alcoholism treatment, and was given three years' probation.
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick told the court that he found that Kott had committed perjury in his testimony during his September 25th trial and gave him a stiffer sentence for it.
Audio from Kott sentencing
AUDIO: Prosecutor Nicholas Marsh from the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section
AUDIO: U.S. District Judge John Sedwick explaining his thoughts on Kott's perjury
AUDIO: Pete Kott speaking to the court before sentencing
AlaskaReport's ongoing Alaska corruption coverage:
Corrupt Bastard Club coverage and links
Department of Justice statement on Pete Kott
Pete Kott sentenced to 6 years for bribes
Convicted Kott maintains innocence
Prosecutors want harsh sentence for crooked Kott
Kott Jr. unbelieveable on witness stand
Ted Stevens implicated in bribery during Kott trial
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