Former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Exonerated Due To Prosecutorial Mischief

4-1-09

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Hey the Democrats got their Senate seat so who really cares if Ted Stevens’ conviction gets overturned right? Stevens wound up losing his seat in a squeaker to Democrat Mark Begich and many claim the loss was directly connected to this now invalid conviction.

Whether he was truly guilty of corruption charges will never be known because U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he has no desire to retry the case after the government was caught withholding exculpatory evidence during the trial. The judge held the prosecutor in contempt for not producing this evidence when the defense asked it but what the hell good does that do now? Contempt my ass, disbar this prosecutor and put him/her through their own damn trial!

With every seat in the Senate crucial to the effort by Republicans, on behalf of the sane people in this country, to put the brakes on this runaway train called the Obama Socialism Express the outcome of this trial was critical.

I find it amazing this continuous line of Democrats that go up to Capitol Hill only to admit (or it’s discovered) they cheated on their taxes yet they just call it a mistake or oversight and it’s no big deal! The hypocrisy is stunning.

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Why isn’t Charles Rangel’s fat ass sitting behind a courtroom defense table right now? Why hasn’t William Jefferson been hauled before a judge years after the feds found 90 grand worth of bribe money in his freezer? Why hasn’t the multi millionaire Nancy Pelosi been booted out of Congress for sending 100 grand worth of public donations to her husband’s company after she decried this very practice in the past? The list goes on and on but it appears as long as there is a big D after your name you will be fairly safe if you have any plans for nefarious activity while serving in office.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge on Wednesday to throw out the corruption conviction of former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens because prosecutors withheld helpful evidence from his lawyers.

Attorney General Eric Holder said he decided to abandon the case against Stevens, a Republican who narrowly lost his bid for re-election last year amid heavy publicity over the case, after a review showed prosecutors did not turn over to the defense information that might have helped Stevens’ case.

In October, a federal jury found Stevens guilty of seven counts of lying on a Senate disclosure form to conceal $250,000 in gifts and home renovations from an oil executive and other friends.

“I have determined that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial,” Holder said as department prosecutors filed a motion in federal court to set aside the jury verdict and throw out the charges.

The decision to drop the high-profile case was a major embarrassment for the Justice Department. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan immediately set an April 7 hearing on the department’s request.

Stevens, 85, — who had been the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate — said he is grateful the department acknowledged that he did not receive a fair trial.

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