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Senator Stevens walks, prosecutor misconduct. We predicted it months ago. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2009

We predicted this would happen on December 26 – LINK.

Prosecutors and attorney generals are politicians just like anyone else and if ruining someone gets you a chance to advance there is every incentive to do it. To get that conviction prosecutors and police and even the FBI are pressured, or in some cases all to willing to break the law in order to get that conviction, whether the accused is actually guilty or not.

As we told you on January 28 (LINK) one of the FBI agents in the case had a sexual relationship with a chief witness and they leaked to him secret grand jury testimony of other witnesses in order to “help” his testimony against Senator Stevens. The prosecutors were aware of it and decided that the judge and the defense didn’t need to know it.

As we reported Feb. 19 (LINK) the judge cited prosecutors in contempt of court for repeatedly violating the judges orders and the Justice Department finally removed the prosecutors from the case.

March 24 (LINK) we reported to you another case study in prosecutor misconduct from the Heritage Foundation.

Today’s news from Al-Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday moved to dismiss charges against former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, according to a motion filed in federal court.

Stevens, a Republican who served longer than any other U.S. senator before losing a November re-election race, was convicted in October of seven counts of lying on a Senate disclosure form to conceal $250,000 in gifts and home renovations from an oil industry executive and other friends.

Allegations of prosecutorial misconduct have delayed his sentencing.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reviewed the case himself and decided not to continue to defend the conviction in the face of questions about prosecutors” actions, National Public Radio reported on its website.

As our society continues to decline, lose its morals, history, and traditions the result is more and more lawlessness even from those most entrusted with it.

UPDATE – Ed Morrissey at comments HERE.

UPDATE IIA former US Attorney in Alaska has been trying to get the press to report the prosecutorial misconduct more, but he says that just would not listen (LINK):

Wev Shea, another former U.S. attorney for Alaska, said Wednesday he’s been trying for months to call attention to what he calls the corrupt prosecution of Stevens, but only got a forum for his views on the Alaska Dispatch blog and the Mike Porcaro radio show.

“I think the media coverage was totally disgraceful,” Shea said. “I am outraged and I am really frustrated.”

He said the Stevens case involves “the worst prosecutorial misconduct I’ve ever seen.” He said the FBI agents and prosecutors who did wrong should be fired, “and a close look should be made at prosecuting them.”

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