DOJ Transfers Two From Public Integrity Section Over Alaska Corruption Probe
By Andrew Ramonas | June 8, 2022 11:57 am

The Justice Department moved the two prosecutors involved with the corruption probe of two Alaska lawmakers out of the DOJ Office of Public Integrity, The Washington Post reported over the weekend.

Prosecutors Nicholas Marsh and Edward Sullivan were quietly notified of their removal Thursday, when the Justice Department urged the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to release former Alaska state representatives Victor Kohring and Peter Kott and remand their cases to the district court, according to The Post.

Kott, a former House speaker, and Kohring, of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, were convicted on corruption charges in 2007. The District Court sentenced Kott to a 72-month prison term in December 2007. It sentenced Kohring to a 42-month term in May 2008.

Lawyers inside and outside of the Justice Department have complained that William Welch II or principal deputy Brenda Morris – who oversaw the Alaska cases and the bungled case of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) – have not been removed, The Post said.

DOJ sources told The Post that they are worried that lower-level prosecutors are being sacrificed by new Obama DOJ appointees who use more rigorous standards on evidence-sharing procedures than were in place during the Bush administration.

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