Sunday, November 4, 2007
A press release of the DOJ reports that a "federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, has found former Alaska State Representative Victor H. Kohring guilty of conspiracy, bribery and attempted extortion." The press release states that "[f]ollowing an eight-day jury trial, Kohring, ... was convicted ... for corruptly soliciting and receiving financial benefits from a company in exchange for performing official acts in the Alaska State Legislature on the company’s behalf. Unlike two executives from VECO, who plead guilty (see here), Kohring decided to go to trial. Typically, taking the risk of trial has had severe consequences when it comes to the sentencing phase. Whether this holds true in this circumstance remains to be seen.