Bittersweet news for Alaska's Ted Stevens

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens may walk away from seven felony convictions a free man with a clean record. Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department is seeking to have Stevens’ verdict thrown out due to prosecutorial misconduct. It will not pursue a new trial and wants all charges dropped. Stevens, the Senate’s longest serving Republican, was convicted in October for lying on financial disclosure forms about gifts. The Takeaway talks to Libby Casey, reporter for Alaska Public Radio Network in Washington, D.C. who has been following the case since last fall, and Steve Heimel, Host of “Talk of Alaska” in Anchorage, Alaska.

In the video below, Stevens' attorney Brendan Sullivan discusses the case.

Guests:

Libby Casey and Steve Heimel

Hosted by:

Femi Oke

Comments [1]

Hugh

Give us a break. Ted Stevens remains one of the most vile, corrupt politicians in the history of the Senate.

The mere fact that the conviction is being vacated does not mean that he did not do what he was charged with.

Moreover, there is a particularly irony in the case of Stevens since he was one of the Ed Meese school of justice. "Any person charged with a crime is guilty of the crime." Stevens was unambiguously of the Antonin Scalia view that even exculpatory evidence need not justify overturning a conviction.

None of this exonerates the prosecutors in the Stevens case. They behaved reprehensibly.

But Stevens himself was and is a mean-spirited, vicious, cruel and corrupt right-winger of the very worst sort. He has no reputation of decency to be resurrected.

Apr. 02 2009 07:01 AM

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