Kohring Gets Public Defender In Case of Retrial

A federal judge has appointed a public defender in case the government decides to retry former Wasilla-area Republican State Representative Vic Kohring.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Kohring told U.S. Magistrate Judge John Roberts that he is broke, and had to borrow a vehicle and $40 to get to Monday’s hearing. He also told the judge he has less than $1 in four combined bank accounts.

Kohring was convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to commit extortion, attempted extortion and bribery and sentenced to three and a half years in prison. He was released in 2009 while his case underwent further review. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March ordered a new trial after finding prosecutors withheld information that could have been favorable to the defense.

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