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April 07, 2009

All Charges Dropped Against Ted Stevens, Criminal Contempt Proceedings Opened Against Prosecutors

Wow.

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 (Shul-KEE) 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.

"In nearly 25 years on the bench, I've never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I've seen in this case," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in the opening moments of a hearing.

Sullivan read a stinging summary of the many times the government withheld evidence or mishandled witnesses in the case.

While I'm not sure if this is the right way to go about this, Andy McCarthy argued over the weekend it wasn't, but if these charges are borne out someone or some group needs to pay. Not only did they deprive Steven's of his rights but they mostly likely materially effected the Senate election in Alaska.

BTW- for the idiotic lefties of the world who complained that the Bush DoJ was hopelessly politicized, you would do well to note that Bush and Stevens are Republicans. More importantly, the charges were leveled against career prosecutors.


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