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Senator Stevens May Walk: Prosecutorial and FBI Misconduct Could Get Stevens Conviction Overturned

Posted by iusbvision on December 26, 2008

This is a real shame because Sen. Stevens may very well be guilty.

A credible FBI Agent has blown the whistle on prosecutors and FBI agents withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense and the whistle-blower alleges that prosecutors and agents had inappropriate contact with prosecution witnesses and evidence (seeming to mean that they were feeding that witness extra evidence to “testify to” in order to help guarantee a conviction.

Prosecutorial and police misconduct is nothing new in America and it is getting worse and worse. I keep a file of cases that have been overturned due to such misconduct and the file is pretty thick. High profile cases like the OJ Simpson case where the police had taken some blood and placed it in the Bronco to “help the case along”, the Scooter Libby case is a brazen case of prosecutorial misconduct and there are signs of prosecutorial misconduct already in the Governor Blagojevich investigation. These problems are all over, down to and including cops who try to meet their ticket quota by giving tickets to every person riding a moped for driving a motorcycle without a license in spite of the fact that they have 49cc engines and are not motorcycles by law, but who that rides a moped can afford to fight such a ticket?

FBI whistleblower alleges Stevens trial misconduct
UNETHICAL: Agent says prosecutors covered up evidence, corruption investigations tainted.


(12/22/08 13:52:58)

An Alaska FBI agent has accused fellow agents and at least one prosecutor of misconduct and unethical behavior in the public corruption investigation in Alaska and the trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

The agent’s complaint to internal investigators in the Justice Department was made public Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by the judge in Stevens’ case.

The complaint had sharp words about one supervising agent, accused of getting too close to sources, including Allen. It said agents took gifts and accepted favors from sources and revealed confidential grand jury information and investigative practices to sources and reporters.

And the complaint said that prosecutors deliberately withheld and covered up evidence favorable to Stevens during his month-long trial, contradicting their statements to the judge at the time that their errors in not producing material to Stevens were accidental.

The judge, who said he wanted to protect the privacy of the complainant and those who were named, covered up almost all identifying details in heavy black ink, making some allegations difficult to follow.

But the agent who produced the explosive eight-page complaint, drafted in November, was clearly someone with intimate knowledge of the government’s investigation in Alaska and the preparation and conduct of its trial of Stevens.

“I have witnessed or learned of serious violations of policy, rules, and procedures as well as possible criminal violations,” the whistle-blower asserted in the complaint, which is now before the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

The whistle-blowing agent ran at least one of the sources in the investigation who gave grand jury testimony. And the whistle-blower described being in the room on Aug. 30, 2006, when agents were convincing the man who would become their most important witness, former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen, to cooperate in the investigation.

Here is the link to the court docs. The judge found it compelling enough to order this report released to the public. comments HERE.

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