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US seeks to drop corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Ste...

There are 24 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 1, 2009, titled US seeks to drop corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Ste.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The Justice Department said Wednesday it would drop corruption charges against former Sen.

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H Pylori

Hagerstown, MD

#1 Apr 1, 2009
So now I suppose he wants his old job back?
Likely Voter

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Apr 1, 2009
Dirty politics at it's worst. Where does Stevens go now to get his reputation and his position back?
Onko

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#3 Apr 1, 2009
if this was an average joe he would have been thrown in jail a long time ago. How many people are in prison because the justice department abused their powers and or withheld evidence.
NEWSINPRINT

AOL

#4 Apr 1, 2009
I think Holder needsa to review a case from the Southern District of New York. United States vs. Joseph Rainier they tampered with a jury in that case. The alleged victime worked for Judge Rifkin as his housekeeper and got away with taking two children.

I would like to mention the numeorus others in prison for prosecutor misconduct. Its about time it is starting to come out and those prosecutors should go to prison themselves.
A1ACharles Uber Alles

Boca Raton, FL

#5 Apr 1, 2009
For starters neocons dont believe anything on NPR.

Second of all they should proceed with the trial - a real one - to give Stephens a chance to (ahem) clear his name.
Glad I Left

Germany

#6 Apr 1, 2009
A1ACharles Uber Alles wrote:
For starters neocons dont believe anything on NPR.
Second of all they should proceed with the trial - a real one - to give Stephens a chance to (ahem) clear his name.
Yes they should. But there is no need since they already accomplished what they wanted.
shadow

Elizabethtown, NC

#7 Apr 1, 2009
ah yes the justice department. legelised crime at its best.
Concerned Citizen

Austin, TX

#8 Apr 1, 2009
Note that the article states that the value of the renovations to his home were overstated, not that they didn't exist. He was obviously still guilty, but the amount he took was less than originally stated.
JohnInMiami

Delray Beach, FL

#9 Apr 1, 2009
"This case is a sad story ABOUT HOW LYING, CORRUPT DEMOCRATS ARE and a warning to everyone. Any citizen, ESPECIALLY HONEST REPUBLICANS, can be convicted if POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT prosecutors are hell-bent on ignoring the Constitution and willing to present false evidence"
Likely Voter

Boca Raton, FL

#10 Apr 1, 2009
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Note that the article states that the value of the renovations to his home were overstated, not that they didn't exist. He was obviously still guilty, but the amount he took was less than originally stated.
If that were the case there would be no reason for the prosecution to behave as they did.

No, we're left wondering if the lying cheater(s) have already been ousted or are still in power. And we'll probably never know.

This is the basic problem with our government. We no longer know who (if any) to trust.
Pet Peeve

Oldsmar, FL

#11 Apr 1, 2009
H Pylori wrote:
So now I suppose he wants his old job back?
He should get it back. It was only the lies that made him lose it in the first place.
Joyce

Palm Coast, FL

#12 Apr 1, 2009
Great. I am pleased that an injustice can be reversed. I don't know the facts but I assume that this has been investigated and worked out okay for Stevens.

How about all the others in the criminal justice system who are languishing in jail and/or have felony and other serious charges due to prosecutor misconduct? Oh, they come from the lower socio economic backgrounds.
Fuming Mad

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Apr 1, 2009
The guy was corrupt no doubt on multiple levels (tons of gifts, trips, etc), however; they shouldn't have concealed evidence to convict the guy.

Susie

Englewood, TN

#14 Apr 1, 2009
JohnInMiami wrote:
"This case is a sad story ABOUT HOW LYING, CORRUPT DEMOCRATS ARE and a warning to everyone. Any citizen, ESPECIALLY HONEST REPUBLICANS, can be convicted if POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT prosecutors are hell-bent on ignoring the Constitution and willing to present false evidence"
First, these prosecutors were in G.W. Bush's partisan Department of Justice, which he stacked with Republicans. There is nothing in this article to suggest that these particular prosecutors were Democrats.

Second, failing to hand over possibly exculpatory evidence is not the same as presenting false evidence. Brady violations only entitle the defendant to a new trial. They are not proof of innocence, only that the defendant did not get a "fair" trial.
GFY

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Apr 1, 2009
JohnInMiami wrote:
"This case is a sad story ABOUT HOW LYING, CORRUPT DEMOCRATS ARE and a warning to everyone. Any citizen, ESPECIALLY HONEST REPUBLICANS, can be convicted if POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT prosecutors are hell-bent on ignoring the Constitution and willing to present false evidence"
John, you've proven your stupidity once again. The Justice Department that conducted this investigation was appointed by BUSH and was predominantly REPUBLICAN. Comments? I think you would be wise just to STFU when discussing things you know nothing about.

The republican party...on its way to total MELTDOWN because of idiots like you.
Democrats are Parasites

United States

#16 Apr 1, 2009
"They were hell-bent on convicting a United States senator,"

More like hell bent on convicting a republican senator. The socialists are up to thier old games. They are worse than Nixon ever was or could dream of being. I hope people wake up before its too late.
Joker

United States

#17 Apr 1, 2009
JohnInMiami wrote:
"This case is a sad story ABOUT HOW LYING, CORRUPT DEMOCRATS ARE and a warning to everyone. Any citizen, ESPECIALLY HONEST REPUBLICANS, can be convicted if POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT prosecutors are hell-bent on ignoring the Constitution and willing to present false evidence"
Get your facts straight, moron. The investigation started and ended with a republican attorney general. Gonzales was in charge when the indictments came down and Mukasey was in office when Stevens was convicted. Nice try though.
Joker

United States

#18 Apr 1, 2009
Susie wrote:
<quoted text>
First, these prosecutors were in G.W. Bush's partisan Department of Justice, which he stacked with Republicans. There is nothing in this article to suggest that these particular prosecutors were Democrats.
Second, failing to hand over possibly exculpatory evidence is not the same as presenting false evidence. Brady violations only entitle the defendant to a new trial. They are not proof of innocence, only that the defendant did not get a "fair" trial.
Here, here!
Bob

United States

#19 Apr 1, 2009
JohnInMiami wrote:
"This case is a sad story ABOUT HOW LYING, CORRUPT DEMOCRATS ARE and a warning to everyone. Any citizen, ESPECIALLY HONEST REPUBLICANS, can be convicted if POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT prosecutors are hell-bent on ignoring the Constitution and willing to present false evidence"
Um, two problems with your statement:

1. The prosecutors were with the Bush controlled Justice Department.

2. The article did not say he was innocent - just that there were problems with the prosecution.
Reb

United States

#20 Apr 1, 2009
Anyone who believes this is a moron. They prosecuted him to steal his seat in the US Senate. They did the same thing to the House Majority Leader Tom Delay. They did the same thing to US Congressman Mark Foley, it goes on and on. Once the seat is stolen, there is no need to prosecute anybody. Its the Indictment that matters. It is about taking your representation away from you using the Courts. The case is not about the depth of the evidence, just the seriousness of the charges. So..money laundering, campaign finance fraud, sexual misconduct, bribe taking. You ain't seen NOTHIN' yet.

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