Let's start with an apology to the Justice Department. I predicted last April 3 on this blog that the government would dismiss the cases against ex-State Reps. Vic Kohring (R.-Wasilla) and Pete Kott (R.-Eagle River). Although I also predicted in a column for the Alaska Bar Rag published last June that the Justice Department would not re-try the former lawmakers--leaving open the possibility that the cases would be resolved with plea agreements--that April 3 prediction on the blog is obviously wrong as to Kott, who last week announced that he would drop his not guilty plea to a bribery charge.
And now let's have a poll.
How do you think the Vic Kohring case will be resolved?
Agreement resulting in a plea of guilty to a misdemeanor ___
Agreement resulting in a plea of guilty to a felony producing no additional prison time ___
Agreement resulting in a plea of guilty to a felony producing additional prison time ___
Get your votes in before 5 p.m. Alaska time Monday, October 17, 2011 (that would be tomorrow as I write this). I will write my own analysis after that. Here's a preview:
(1) The outcome in which Vic Kohring pleads guilty to a felony producing additional prison time seems by far the least likely.
(2) Vic Kohring's unusual--some would say "delusional"--view of the world might make it more difficult for his attorneys to talk him into a resolution that they believe to good for their client.