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Story Last modified at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jobless Kott gets free lawyer

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott of Eagle River has been provided a lawyer at government expense for his retrial on corruption charges.

A federal magistrate on Friday appointed Sheryl Gordon McCloud of Seattle — the same lawyer that won Kott's appeal, after being told Kott can't afford an attorney, has no job and isn't looking for one.

The Anchorage Daily News says U.S Magistrate Judge John Roberts also set an aggressive schedule for pretrial motions.

The retrial was ordered after an appeals court found that Kott and fellow former Republican House member Vic Kohring didn't get fair trials in 2007.

The court said federal prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favoring Kott and Kohring, and sent the cases back to U.S. District Judge John Sedwick for new trials.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.