Stevens Prosecution Thrown Out

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Late last year, Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted on seven felony counts of making false statements on his personal financial disclosures. The octagenarian had received numerous gifts from an oil services company executive, including a full remodeling of his “chalet,” a modest house in Girdwood, Alaska. Stevens wasn’t helped in his trial by his cantakerous appearance on the stand and was not only convicted, but subsequently lost reelection, despite having nearly everything in Alaska named after him. Unless this is some cruel April Fool’s joke, Stevens is in for some good news:

The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

In a move first reported by NPR, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he has decided to drop the case against Stevens rather than continue to defend the conviction in the face of persistent problems stemming from the actions of prosecutors.

“After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial,” Holder said in a statement Wednesday. “In light of this conclusion, and in consideration of the totality of the circumstances of this particular case, I have determined that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial.”

With more ugly hearings expected, Holder is said to have decided late Tuesday to pull the plug. His decision is said to be based on Stevens’ age — he’s 85 — and the fact that Stevens is no longer in the Senate. Perhaps most importantly, Justice Department officials say Holder wants to send a message to prosecutors throughout the department that actions he regards as misconduct will not be tolerated.

I’ll have to admit that while this is somewhat shocking, it isn’t that much of a surprise. The prosecution was a disaster during the case and, if Stevens had not taken the stand and impugned his own integrity, I couldn’t imagine a jury going along with such a terrible prosecution. Apparently this has been a serious problem at Justice over the past few years and this is Attorney General Holder putting his foot down.

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  • Dem02020

    Just as I suspected, way back when even before the verdict was handed down: the Prosecution INTENTIONALLY BUNGLED the Case.

    And so the DOJ now finds the pieces so shattered, they will not even continue through the Appeals process, let alone re-try.

    And we now see calls in Alaska for a new and special election for the U.S. Senate seat lost by former Sen. Ted Stevens.

    Of course that’s just political nonsense and posturing: the INTENTIONALLY BUNGLED Case does not mean in any way that Sen. Stevens did not fail to disclose “things of value” to the U.S. Senate (which was the singular thing he was charged with, and the singular thing he was found Guilty of), because he did fail to disclose those “things of value”, and he was Guilty of the Crime, and he is a Criminal…

    I suggest the matter be not only pursued by the DOJ through the Appeals process, and not only be re-tried (should such a re-trial be granted), but that the DOJ should seek a Sentence for the old buzzard that he be lined up before a firing squad (I know the impossibility of it, but it delights my imagination just the same), and right alongside the old Criminal buzzard, be lined up also the Prosecutors who INTENTIONALLY BUNGLED the Case…

    And every other idiot should be shot also, who can’t keep their eye on the ball long enough, or are so easily distracted, that JUSTICE is not only not done, it is actually undone!

  • Luis Candelario

    Will its about time someone does sometihning about procecutor misconduct, it happens often.
    I know first hand. I am fighting an appeal on the same and it’s not good when information is witheld from the defense. especialy when teh first tria was a mistrial and the jury wasnt told.