Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kott Shoe Drops--Appellate Court Vacates Pete Kott's Convictions and Remands for a New Trial


As expected, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the convictions of ex-State Rep. Pete Kott (R.-Eagle River) and granted the former Speaker of the House a new trial. This time it's a four-page unpublished disposition. The appellate court cites the withholding of evidence that key prosecution witness Bill Allen sexually exploited minors and attempted to solicit perjury to cover it up. The three-judge panel also points to newly disclosed evidence of numerous prior inconsistent statements about the amounts of money Kott got and the reasons for such payments.

(Thanks once again to the eagle-eyed Mark Regan.)

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