Court Upholds Contempt Of Court Citation In Stevens Case

Federal prosecutors who tried US Senator Ted Stevens in 2008  have lost an appeal against a contempt of court citation.  US District Court judge Emmet Sullivan found the prosecutors in contempt in February of  2009 because they had not made certain documents available to Stevens’ attorneys.

Although Sullivan lifted the citation and did not apply penalties, US Justice Department attorneys Brenda Morris and William Welch  appealed, saying the contempt finding was procedurally improper.  But Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals disagreed and upheld the citation.

Stevens’ 2008 conviction on corruption charges was overturned because of the prosecutors’ mishandling of the case.  Stevens died a year later in a plane crash.

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