Judge Dismisses Charges Against Stevens

A federal judge has dismissed corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens and opened a criminal investigation into prosecutors who mishandled the case.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the misconduct was the most serious he has ever seen in nearly 25 years on the bench. He appointed attorney Henry Schulke as special prosecutor to investigate the Justice Department team for possible criminal contempt charges.

Sullivan made the unusual move Tuesday shortly before dismissing corruption charges against Stevens. Stevens was convicted in October of seven counts of lying about gifts he received from wealthy friends.

An Alaska Republican, Stevens narrowly lost his re-election bid shortly after the verdict.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:19 PM
    Anonymous (one who hides) of Pit County. Wherever Pit County is. Better check your facts, the judge threw out the verdict, cleared the Senators record and is seeking the prosecution of the persecutors..I mean prosecutors. Young lady, don't ask someone to look at facts unless they support your argument. That's the most basic tenet of the art of debate.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pit County on Apr 7, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Tad: Might want to check your "facts", err... hyperbolic whining on this one.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Apr 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    I hope that those Justice Dept attormeys who pulled the Mike Nifong get something close to what Nifong got (or worse). They need to lose their license. They had him dead to rights and then they threw the case. Do you suppose it was an R Justice dept lawyer taking of a R politician?????
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Apr 7, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    All just a part of the vast left wing conspiracy to discredit capitalism and freedom and encourage socialism and government intervention in everything.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Apr 7, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    While I am certainly no fan of Senator "bridge-to-nowhere", I am glad they are holding someone to account. This man lost his reputation AND senate seat over this. He would have surely been re-elected by the people of without this conviction and now he can't get it back. Maybe some of the charges were true, but that doesn't excuse the prosecutors actions. Too much of this kind of stuff goes on and you never hear about it unless it is a high profile case like this one.

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