March 11, 2008
Kohring lawyer pushing to submit new evidence
Former lawmaker Victor Kohring, convicted November 1, 2007 of conspiracy, attempted extortion, and bribery , is trying to submit a new piece of evidence in an attempt to obtain a new trial and overturn his multiple convictions.
Days before his sentencing last month, Kohring's Seattle lawyer, John Henry Browne, claimed that U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick should never have presided over the trial because Kohring introduced legislation that cost Sedwick's wife her state job years ago.Kohring claims he and the judge's wife have an antagonistic past centered on Kohring's attempts, while a seated lawmaker, to cut the budget of the state department in which the judge's wife worked.
Federal prosecutors on the other hand are asking that Kohring's request for a new trial be denied due to false information supplied to the court by Kohring's lawyer.
"Kohring, at best, has tendered only rumors, innuendos, and unsupported allegations," prosecutors said in their 17-page filing.
Kohring's sentencing has been delayed while these issues are sorted out. Federal prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence.
AUDIO: Prosecutor Edward Sullivan during closing arguments on Kohring betraying the public's trust -
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