9th Circ. Reverses Ex-Alaska Pol's Conviction

Law360, New York (March 24, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday overturned the conviction of former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott in a corruption case, finding that new evidence revealing the prosecutors' star witness had been investigated for sexually exploiting minors might have impacted the trial's outcome.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated Kott's conviction and sent the case back to the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska for a new trial, ruling that prosecutors had committed a Brady violation by withholding...
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