Justice Denied: Prosecutors Railroaded Sen. Ted Stevens

Last fall, Ted Stevens of Alaska , the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. Senate , was convicted on seven felony counts for failing to disclose $250,000 in goods and services he received from contractors. Full Story
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TAXEDOUT

Middlebury, CT

#1 Apr 10, 2009
How Eric Holder should be commended is beyond me.Holder had little choice but to throw out the conviction.The judge has appointed a special investigator,not trusting the Justice Dept. to investigate the matter themselves.Less than two months as AG, Holder has abused OLC (Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Dept) for partisan political purposes. OLC determined that the DC voting rights bill,which would give DC a voting member in the House of Representatives,is unconstitutional. When Holder,a supporter of the bill,learned of the OLC determination,he acted to override it. Holder has demonstrated that he will participate in win-at-all-cost partisan conduct,much the same way he did as deputy AG in the Clinton administration where he undermined prosecutors and circumvented DoJ's pardon attorney in the not so famous Marc Rich pardon.
Torre

Southington, CT

#4 Apr 10, 2009
Fixed election? Possible. wouldn't put anything past the Democrats.
GreekChorus

Manchester, CT

#5 Apr 10, 2009
"Win-at-all-costs partisan conduct that infected the Bush Justice Department?" Are you stupid? Stevens is a REPUBLICAN. This was a case of people who couldn't make it in private practice trying to advance their taxpayer-funded careers by getting a high-profile conviction at any cost.
A question

Malden, MA

#6 Apr 10, 2009
It might be worthwhile for the Courant to ask Connecticut's former United States Attorney Kevin O'Connor what he knew and when did he know it?
As the Bush administration's Associate Attorney General Mr. O'Connor was in a supervisory position to the Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity. Mr. O'Connor's career has been meteoric and with good reason. His work to crack down on public corruption in Connecticut is well documented. With such an impressive background it is logical to assume Mr. O'Connor closely followed the Stevens case. The Courant should ask Mr. O'Connor what his role was and if he tried to intervene. The conduct of the prosecutors is clearly at odds with Mr. O'Connor's ethical and fair reputation.
Stop the Bashing

Freeport, ME

#7 Apr 10, 2009
Giving kudos to Mr. Holder was appropriate, but the constant Bush bashing is unbecoming.
All RISE

South Yarmouth, MA

#8 Apr 10, 2009
Another milquetoast editorial from the Courant. CT state prosecutors engage in prosecutorial misconduct all the time, and with impunity. It's par for the course. Why should prosecutors turn over "exclupatory" evidence when the prevailing philosophy is "Win at All Cost"? CT prosecutors are poorly trained and unaccountable for their errors. Those are the facts, maam.

Not a peep from the Courant or any other rag in CT on that topic. Too close to home,... blind to the failures in your own backyard.
Anon

Granby, CT

#9 Apr 10, 2009
"By moving to throw out the conviction of a high-ranking Republican, Mr. Holder demonstrates that he will have none of the win-at-all-costs partisan conduct that infected the Bush Justice Department."

The judge was going to throw the conviction out anyway and find the prosecutors in contempt. Don't make this out to be an act of courage by Holder. Holder had no choice.
Dan

Arlington, VA

#10 Apr 10, 2009
A Republican is railroaded and loses his seat and the Courant takes shots at the Bush administration. Priceless.
unaffiliated

Mansfield Depot, CT

#11 Apr 10, 2009
Does this mean that Stevens did nothing wrong?
mikey

Newington, CT

#12 Apr 10, 2009
It should be known that this doesn't mean the Stevens is cleared of his conduct in any way shape or form. Stevens was still charged and Stevens conduct was hardly above reproach.

Stevens accepted hundreds of thousand of dollars in gift from a contributor in exchange for advocating for that contributor.(This should sound familiar to the Courant)

In short the only reason he was in this mess in the first place was because of his bad acts. Yes, the prosecutors screw up but that doesn't excuse Stevens initial behavior and I'm disappointed that the Courant seems to suggest that Stevens is some sort of victim.

He's not, the only victims are the people of Alaska, who never will get to see justice in this case.
Vishnu Wahere

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Apr 10, 2009
Ted Stevens was a victim! Give me a break. He got his house expanded for free because he is a nice guy. I am not buying it. Just becuase the prosecutor was a little shady does not mean Stevens is inocent. The decision is being tossed out on a legal tecnicality, not because Stevens is squeaky clean.
The badger

Mansfield Center, CT

#14 Apr 10, 2009
He is a crook, too bad the prosecution was tainted.

If there was wrongdoing they will be punished.
medicontheedge

Wethersfield, CT

#15 Apr 10, 2009
TAXEDOUT wrote:
How Eric Holder should be commended is beyond me.Holder had little choice but to throw out the conviction.The judge has appointed a special investigator,not trusting the Justice Dept. to investigate the matter themselves.Less than two months as AG, Holder has abused OLC (Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Dept) for partisan political purposes. OLC determined that the DC voting rights bill,which would give DC a voting member in the House of Representatives,is unconstitutional. When Holder,a supporter of the bill,learned of the OLC determination,he acted to override it. Holder has demonstrated that he will participate in win-at-all-cost partisan conduct,much the same way he did as deputy AG in the Clinton administration where he undermined prosecutors and circumvented DoJ's pardon attorney in the not so famous Marc Rich pardon.
what the f**k does your diatribe have to do with ted stevens?
O W Holmes

United States

#16 Apr 10, 2009
Great Justice Dept under the Bush Regime. Couldn't even frame a guilty man.
Richard Avon

AOL

#17 Apr 10, 2009
Another example of why the Courant is going down the drain. Example: "Mr. Holder demonstrates that he will have none of the win-at-all-costs partisan conduct that (infected the Bush Justice Department.") The Courant has abused it's privelege of editorializing in news stories.
Richard S

Rigby, ID

#18 Apr 10, 2009
Dan wrote:
A Republican is railroaded and loses his seat and the Courant takes shots at the Bush administration. Priceless.
You gotta love the GOPers talking about how incompetent the government/prosecution is. They don't seem to realize that they are saying the GOP is incompetent since it was the Bush DoJ that prosecuted the case.

Perhaps they'd realize it because they really are that incompetent. ;-)
Richard S

Rigby, ID

#19 Apr 10, 2009
unaffiliated wrote:
Does this mean that Stevens did nothing wrong?
Just because the prosecutors acted improperly doesn't exonerate Stevens. Here are some of his excuses direct from an AP story about Stevens:

At trial, he argued that he didn't disclose the items he received because they were not gifts. A $2,700 massage chair, for instance, remained in his house for seven years but Stevens said it was a loan. He said he assumed a $3,200 stained-glass window was paid for, since his wife takes care of such things. A $29,000 fish statue was a donation to his foundation, he said, and only remained on his front porch because that's where the donors shipped it.
hunter s thompson

Mansfield Center, CT

#20 Apr 10, 2009
Richard Avon wrote:
Another example of why the Courant is going down the drain. Example: "Mr. Holder demonstrates that he will have none of the win-at-all-costs partisan conduct that (infected the Bush Justice Department.") The Courant has abused it's privelege of editorializing in news stories.
yo! Richard, it was an editorial! what do the kids say ......... duh?
back when i was still alive, before i ate a shotgun, editorials really meant something. today they are a bit of a farce.
although that comment was spot on.
dump the dems comrades

Nashua, NH

#21 Apr 10, 2009
why don't they go after that guy criss dodd ? oh i know, because he's truly looking out for us. The MOST campaign contributions from AIG!!!!!!! Even more then prince Obama himself. wake up !!
Obama mania

Nashua, NH

#22 Apr 10, 2009
why are all you liberals blaming bush for everything! like the justice dept is all republicans. have a clue.

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