Justice Dept. Wants Stevens Conviction, Charges Dropped
Posted on Apr 1, 2009
Former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska probably lost his seat because he was convicted of corruption charges, but now his guilt may be in doubt. At the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to set aside the verdict and dismiss the indictment because of prosecutorial shenanigans.
Los Angeles Times:
In the filing, O’Brien and two other Justice Department officials said they were appointed in February by the acting assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division to conduct post-trial litigation in the case. They reviewed documents and interviewed witnesses, and they found that one key piece of previously undisclosed and possibly exculpatory evidence had been kept from the defense.
That piece of evidence was an April 15, 2008, interview between authorities and their key witness for the prosecution, Bill Allen, who was Stevens’ contractor and former close friend.
senate.gov by way of Wikimedia Commons