Skip to comments.Stevens trial report details misconduct by prosecution team(AK)
Posted on 03/16/2012 5:25:02 AM PDT by marktwain
A court-appointed special prosecutor's report made public on Thursday details findings that U.S. Justice Department attorneys intentionally withheld information from the defense in the bungled prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
The Stevens investigation and prosecution "were permeated by the systematic concealment" of key evidence that would have been beneficial to his defense and "seriously damaged the testimony and credibility" of the government's key witness, former Veco chief Bill Allen, the report said.
The 514-page report, by Washington lawyer Henry Schuelke, was released Thursday by order of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens' 2008 trial and hired Schuelke to evaluate whether anyone on the Stevens prosecution team should be charged with criminal contempt of court.
Schuelke did not recommend criminal charges. He said the problems he found did not rise to the legal level of criminal contempt because the judge never issued any direct order the attorneys disobeyed.
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Alaska doesn't have major city centers over much of the state, it doesn't garner executive support when it comes to spending, that goes to the cities where the votes are; yet Alaska is as big as the Eastern USA. Oil development needs infrastructure to happen or it never does. Stevens & Young use ear marks to accomplish this need. The president does the same under a different moniker, but the money still gets spent.
Conservatives should wake up sometimes to what is really going on.
No direct order so no big deal. Out and out misconduct by the prosecution and no one held accountable. And lawyers/judges/DA/courts wonder why they are held in such low esteem.
Seems like Stevens would have a good case to pursue.
Unfortunately he is dead.
Oh, yeah. Forgot.
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