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Justice Dept. seeks to reverse conviction

April 2, 2009

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— Faced with embarrassing revelations about withheld evidence, the Justice Department on Wednesday moved to reverse the conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who lost his bid for re-election just days after a jury found that he had lied about gifts and home renovations.

Justice Department lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the indictment against Stevens and toss out his conviction — effectively killing their own courtroom victory with a shocking admission of misbehavior by prosecutors.

The Stevens case, the government’s highest-profile attack on congressional corruption in recent years, was plagued by problems that continued to pile up even after a jury found him guilty. The last straw, apparently, was the failure of prosecutors to turn over notes of a crucial interview in which a witness contradicted a statement he made later under oath at trial.

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JohnBrown 5 years, 9 months ago

Funny how the Republicans are screaming about O'Bama being a "socialist" or a "communist", while all the while Bush and Cheney were simply acting like dictators, cramming the DoJ with political acolytes, disregarding the Geneva Convention, and having assassination teams report to the VP...all of that was okay, but fixing what the Republicans broke; communism.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

I loves the smell of hyperbole in the morning.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

"This adm. says, “We'll do what we want to do, when, where and how we want”.

Umm, in case you missed it, Bush/Cheney/Rove are no longer in charge.

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