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Charges dropped against Alaska’s Ted Stevens

April 1, 2009

NPR’s Nina Totenberg reported this morning that US Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to drop the charges against former Senator Ted Stevens as a result of misconduct by the federal prosecutors who, among other things, repeatedly failed to turn over documents to the defense. The Judge has repeatedly “scolded and scalded” the prosecutors for various missteps and, apparently, Holder determined that the case against Ted Stevens was fatally flawed. This withdraw of the case comes at a particularly unusual point in the proceedings. Stevens has already been convicted and has only been awaiting sentencing before beginning his jail sentence. If the report from NPR is accurate, instead of preparing to head off to jail, Stevens has seen the end to his long fall from grace.

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