Judge orders criminal probe of prosec...

Judge orders criminal probe of prosecutors in Stevens case

There are 11 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 7, 2009, titled Judge orders criminal probe of prosecutors in Stevens case. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As he ordered a highly unusual criminal probe of the federal lawyers who prosecuted former Sen.

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good1

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 7, 2009
Great write-up Mr. Oliphant.
Patrick

Long Beach, CA

#3 Apr 7, 2009
This hardly changes the fact that Stevens should have been removed from office for misconduct! How is it that Stevens' guilt is being ignored in all of this? Is it the benefit of having the most expensive lawyers in DC?
Doug

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Apr 7, 2009
Pat did you miss this line
"The revelation that prosecutors withheld evidence from Stevens' defense team"
that fact = unfair trial
Frank

Hancock, MD

#5 Apr 7, 2009
Patrick, maybe he is Guilty however did you read the story?(Last week Holder, said the case against Stevens should be dropped because department lawyers had not complied with their legal obligation to turn over information suggesting Stevens' innocence to the defense.) If that was you sitting there on formal charges and lawyers wouldn't release information proving your innocence i bet you might change your mind. Innocent Until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent remember.
tosten

Charlo, MT

#6 Apr 7, 2009
I am a bit confused. It it the Bush appointees that abused the case against this Republican? I always understood that the dept. was corrupted during those years. They why not protect their own?
Thor1776

Banksia Park, Australia

#7 Apr 7, 2009
What is happening to the U.S? The country used to be an example for other countries to follow. It used to believe in individual rights, limited government, capitalism, uplifting culture, the rule of law. Now all we read is socialist policies one after the other, mass murder/suicides, corrupt business people, corrupt law enforcement officials, trashy talk and reality shows.

The US better start to rediscover what made it a wonderful country to live in and the envy of the world. It's looking more and more like some banana republic.
Maury

South San Francisco, CA

#8 Apr 7, 2009
Patrick...Gee I Hope You Never Get Charged With A Crime-Maybe Then You Will Understand How Precious Your Rights Are. The ISSUE Here Is Not His Guilt, The Issue Is That His Constitutional Rights Were Trampled On. Prosecutors Are Not Allowed To Violate The Law In Order To Catch Law Breakers. Many Innocent People Have Gone To Prison Because Prosecuters Violated The Law. It's A Shame That These Prosecuters Put Power & Their Career Ahead Of Justice. Justice Is To Seek The Truth!!! KUDOS For This Judge. Do You Remember The "DUKE" Case, If Those Young Men Didn't Have "Expensive Lawyers" They Would Be In Prison Right Now...Need I Say More.
Glasnos

Lakeland, FL

#9 Apr 7, 2009
Patrick and the prosecutors have much in common ... Damn the law ... let's get a republican senator.

These prosecutors need to be disbarred, so they never practice law again ... and send a message this will not be tolerated. They are no better than Nifong.

There was other stuff the prosecution engaged in besides not releasing contradictory evidence.
bfern

Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

#10 Apr 8, 2009
This relates too to the recent acquittal of Puerto Rico's ex-governor Acevedo-Vila. The US attorney there is a sympathizer of the PNP opposition party and charged him with corruption a few months before the election, which he then lost. The evidence was so weak (non-existent) that his defense didn't even have to present witnesses. This should be investigated also.
Think Twice

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Apr 8, 2009
This prosecutorial misconduct at the highest levels of government is nothing but government opression and tyranny. The judge is right- the Justice department is too incestuous to police itself. These lawyers, at an absolute minimum, must be disbarred.
Need our country back

Ketchikan, AK

#12 Apr 10, 2009
Can you imagine if this happened to a liberal? You would have an uproar that would be plastered all over television. Stevens lost his reelection by a narrow margin even in the midst of his conviction. The honest hardworking people of America need to start speaking up and take their country back!

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