Stevens' political future cloudy

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Former Sen. Ted Stevens may be clear of legal problems, but his future as an Alaska elected official could be over. Full Story
Joe LaRocca

Erie, PA

#1 Apr 5, 2009
When former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the longest serving Republican in U.S. history, was indicted last year, then convicted a mere seven days before last November's general election, on charges of failing to disclose gifts from an Alaska friend and oilfield executive, this newspaper, scores of other newspapers, editorialists and pundits penned tens of thousands of disparaging words condemning Stevens and gloating over the political demise of one of the most powerful figures in beltway politics in recent decades after Stevens narrowly lost his reelection bid last November by a mere 3,000 votes out of more than 290,000 cast. In other words, nearly half Alaska's voters believed he was innocent and voted to reelect him notwithstanding his conviction. His defeat was irrefutably attributable to the taint of his conviction.

But last week, when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued his stunning announcement that he would ask the judge who presided over Stevens's trial to reverse the conviction and dismiss the charges with extreme prejudice (meaning the Justice Dept. could not refile them),nor seek a new trial due to gross prosecutorial misconduct, and withholding reams of exculpatory evidence, the silence from Sen. Stevens's news media and other captious critics has been deafening.

Other than the obligatory story reporting the attorney general's shocking announcement,the newspapers, editorialists and pundits have ignored Steven's exoneration.

Simple civil courtesy demands apologies from those media who mercillessly bashed Stevens for gratuitously defaming an innocent person falsely convicted?

Joe LaRocca
North East
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#2 Apr 5, 2009
Are you saying "He didn't do it?" And who said he was 'exonerated'? Do you know, or care, what that word means?

He was charged and convicted and none of the evidence against him has been tainted in any way. He's free because of the inept prosecution by the Bush Justice department and for no other reason.

And how does voting for him translate into a belief in his innocence? Where's your evidence for that conclusion? Right. You don't have any. It sounded nice and the people who'd care what you have to say are as dumb as dirt anyway.
Joe LaRocca

Erie, PA

#4 Apr 5, 2009
The anonymous person above wrote, in part: "Are you saying "He didn't do it?" And who said he was 'exonerated'? Do you know, or care, what that word means?
He was charged and convicted and none of the evidence against him has been tainted in any way. He's free because of the inept prosecution by the Bush Justice department and for no other reason.
And how does voting for him translate into a belief in his innocence? Where's your evidence for that conclusion? Right. You don't have any..."

Stevens is exonerated and free because the evidence used to convict him was fabricated by scheming prosecutors with a partisan agenda who also withheld evidence in his favor which the attorney general said, if adduced,would have led to an innocent verdict. The judge agreed, and held the prosecutors in contempt of court. If rogue prosecutors could do what they did to Stevens to one of the most powerful and influential men in D.C., they could do it to anyone.

Stevens was was reelected six times by huge margins, and would have been reelected in 2008 but for his false conviction. How do I know that? Because after living there for 20 years as an investigative journalist, I know Alaskans and how they think.

“RVN-'68-'69 25th Infantry ”

Since: Dec 07

USA

#5 Apr 5, 2009
Joe LaRocca wrote:
The anonymous person above wrote, in part: "Are you saying "He didn't do it?" And who said he was 'exonerated'? Do you know, or care, what that word means?
He was charged and convicted and none of the evidence against him has been tainted in any way. He's free because of the inept prosecution by the Bush Justice department and for no other reason.
And how does voting for him translate into a belief in his innocence? Where's your evidence for that conclusion? Right. You don't have any..."
Stevens is exonerated and free because the evidence used to convict him was fabricated by scheming prosecutors with a partisan agenda who also withheld evidence in his favor which the attorney general said, if adduced,would have led to an innocent verdict. The judge agreed, and held the prosecutors in contempt of court. If rogue prosecutors could do what they did to Stevens to one of the most powerful and influential men in D.C., they could do it to anyone.
Stevens was was reelected six times by huge margins, and would have been reelected in 2008 but for his false conviction. How do I know that? Because after living there for 20 years as an investigative journalist, I know Alaskans and how they think.
Joe....you just made my day!

Shame on the media for believing that the Bush Justice Department was guided by truth and justice...

Worry not....those scumbags are gone and Justice once again prevails!

“RVN-'68-'69 25th Infantry ”

Since: Dec 07

USA

#6 Apr 5, 2009
By the way.....no one declared him innocent....only that “certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial”...

Holder dismissed the indictment “in consideration of the totality of the circumstances of this particular case.”

“It's Alive - The Elusive MBP”

Since: Jan 09

Dreary Erie Mistake on da Lake

#7 Apr 5, 2009
Sorry Sissy Lady Repubs..No Do Overs, he is no longer a senator.
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#9 Apr 5, 2009
No wonder you can't hold a job at a legit paper. Everything in your response is made up, your opinion, or both. No evidence was fabricated and what was withheld would have been helpful.
Get some help!
Joe LaRocca wrote:
Stevens is exonerated and free because the evidence used to convict him was fabricated by scheming prosecutors with a partisan agenda who also withheld evidence in his favor which the attorney general said, if adduced,would have led to an innocent verdict. The judge agreed, and held the prosecutors in contempt of court. If rogue prosecutors could do what they did to Stevens to one of the most powerful and influential men in D.C., they could do it to anyone.
Stevens was was reelected six times by huge margins, and would have been reelected in 2008 but for his false conviction. How do I know that? Because after living there for 20 years as an investigative journalist, I know Alaskans and how they think.

“It's Alive - The Elusive MBP”

Since: Jan 09

Dreary Erie Mistake on da Lake

#10 Apr 5, 2009
All I know was he had a very modest small A-Frame home and wound up with a two story ski "Chalet" with 2 level wrap around porch, hot tub, heated roof and he didn't pay anywhere near full value and the check wasn't cashed, while being caught on FBI recordings joking with his crony on how to game the system? His wife led the contractor doing the renovations.
Is this the guy you repubs defend?

“It's Alive - The Elusive MBP”

Since: Jan 09

Dreary Erie Mistake on da Lake

#11 Apr 5, 2009
The Real Truths wrote:
<quoted text>
Joe....you just made my day!
Shame on the media for believing that the Bush Justice Department was guided by truth and justice...
Worry not....those **** are gone and Justice once again prevails!
Maybe the Bush Justice (HAHAHA) Dept did it on purpose, screw it up to save one of their own.

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