Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No Pardon for Stevens

PardonPower never really bought into the suggestion that former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens (R) was even in the same ball park as Scooter Libby. Still, in the face of all logic, some pressed the comparison and reveled in the opportunity to produce provocative headlines and mention President Bush, pardons and criminal behavior all in the same sentence. The 85-year old Stevens was, of course, convicted on seven counts of making false statements in financial disclosure forms.

Del Wilber of the Washington Post reports that the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to "toss out" Stevens' conviction on corruption charges. Wilber says the move comes "as the judge was preparing to conduct hearings to probe allegations of prosecutorial misconduct." It appears that six members of the prosecution team withdrew from the case in matters dealing with allegations of misconduct. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says that he and others have reviewed the case and have "concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial." See story here.

Professor Berman's commentary at Sentencing Law and Policy is interesting. Read it here.

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