JUNE 4 2009

1. Convicted legislators may be released JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT:Failure to disclose information is cited.
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1. Convicted legislators may be released
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Failure to
disclose information is cited.
By Richard Mauer, Lisa Demer and Sean Cockerman for the Anchorage Daily
News

....Gov. Sarah Palin, who sat in on part of Kott's trial, said this in an
e-mail:

"Until I get more information on this newest twist, I can't comment
beyond saying I am wildly curious what went on in DOJ back then, and
what is going on in DOJ now that's resulted in these stunning turn of
events. I agree with the attorney general that the Department of
Justice should be about justice, not just about winning cases but I will
withhold further comment until we see how this plays out."

"Wow, wow, wow," said Sen. Fred Dyson, the Eagle River Republican
who helped the FBI in its investigation. "I'm surprised, to say the least.
I sat all the way through the Kott trial and watched the video," said
Dyson, referring to secretly made recordings by the FBI.

The videos, secretly taken from a lamp in a Juneau hotel suite in
2006, captured Kott and Kohring talking oil-tax strategy with officials
from the now defunct oil-field service company Veco Inc. The
government presented evidence that those officials, chief executive
Bill Allen and vice president Rick Smith, also made illegal payments to
Kott and Kohring. Allen and Smith have pleaded guilty to bribery and
are awaiting sentencing.

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