Saturday, March 01, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Vic Kohring's Appeal Of Conviction; Kohring Says His Conscience Is Clear

The Anchorage Daily News, in a brief story published on February 28th, 2014, reported that the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal of his corruption conviction. The Court merely stated "The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied", without providing any further explanation. Thus the Supreme Court upheld the earlier denial of appeal by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The former Alaska State Representative from Wasilla was found guilty of three conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges in 2007 in the Veco corruption scandal. Sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, he was freed in June 2009 on his first appeal when he claimed prosecutorial misconduct. However, Federal prosecutors threatened to re-try him, and having been dumped by his Russian wife and with no effective financial resources to oppose the Department of Justice (DOJ), Kohring saw no effective way out but to plead guilty in 2011 to a single count of conspiracy and was sentenced to the time served in his first conviction and 18 months probation. He then launched his series of appeals, arguing he was a victim of the same prosecutors who committed misconduct in the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens. Kohring continues to maintain that prosecutors withheld evidence from him, and that in the "damning" tape showing him taking $100 from Bill Allen, the money was a gift instead of a bribe. Supporting his latter contention is the fact the Kohring ultimately voted AGAINST the legislation desired by Allen. Even more disturbing were subsequent revelations that Bill Allen's DOJ handlers bent over backwards to protect him against child sex abuse charges in exchange for his "testimony".

Kohring had a lot more to say about this development on his blog, where he documents all of his legal troubles from start to finish. In his post entitled "U.S. Supreme Court Appeal", Kohring takes the Anchorage Daily News to task for ignoring crucial developments regarding his case that would make him look better, and accused them of sticking him in the back. Kohring also hinted that he's exploring other options, but did not disclose specifics.

Nevertheless, Vic Kohring believes his fight was worthwhile, taking solace from five victories along the way:

1. I was released from prison when it was discovered the prosecutors cheated by hiding evidence.

2. I won my first appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court, who threw out the bogus convictions.

3. I secured the strong support of Ninth Circuit Judge Fletcher, who rightfully chastised the prosecutors for their nefarious conduct.

4. I was able to expose the criminal conduct of the prosecutors, Judge Sedwick and the government's central witness Bill Allen.

5. I have enjoyed the support of many in my community who have seen through the media's biased reporting and the prosecutors shenanigans.

In the final analysis, Vic Kohring writes "If all else fails, at least I can move forth with the knowledge that I was not guilty of the accusations the government leveled at me regardless of the press and their one-sided reporting. I made small mistakes, but they were not criminal ones. My conscience is clear".

1 comment:

  1. Wouldn't it be prosecutorial misconduct if evidence had been hidden by prosecutors?