Friday, April 3, 2009
Update On Ted Stevens Case: Justice Department Drops Case
The Justice Department moved Wednesday to dismiss the case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for which he was convicted on corruption charges citing prosecutorial misconduct. The star witness had contradicted themselves in an earlier interview with prosecutors on April 15, 2008 that was not produced to the defense as is required. Statements in the interview sharply contradicted testimony provided at trial. Attorney General Eric Holder is quoted in a written statement, "After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial. 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." Stevens had been found guilty in October of concealing some $250,000 in gifts on disclosure forms.
Read FraudTalk's earlier post on this story here.
Question: was this a case of political lynching right before an election or was there some real corruption here. If the former, what government department does Senator Stevens go to get his reputation back?