Lawyers for Senator Ted Stevens today called for his felony conviction to be thrown out. The move comes after an FBI agent, acting as a whistleblower, highlighted Justice Department misconduct during the Senator’s investigation and trial.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan released the 8-page complaint today, agreeing to protecting the identity of the agent who filed the complaint along with other information that was not disclosed. The heavily-redacted document alleges a long list of inappropriate behavior by the Justice Department including paying off sources and failing to turn over evidence to the Stevens defense team at trial.
Wev Shea is a former U.S. Attorney for the state of Alaska who has followed Alaska’s corruption investigations closely. In the past he has spoken very highly about the Justice Department and the Department’s public integrity section, but after reading the documents today he says he is shocked and disturbed.
- Motion to dismiss by Stevens lawyer (PDF, 68K)
- FBI Informant Affidavit, with heavy redactions (PDF, 6.7MB)
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
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