Stevens Cleared

All criminal charges against former Senator Ted Stevens will be dropped later today, the Department of Justice has announced. Attorney General Eric Holder said that he decided to drop the case because of the severe misconduct committed by Justice Department prosecutors–the only real instance of potentially politically-motivated misconduct in the Bush Justice Department that has come to light–which caused the trial judge to hold prosecutors in contempt of court. Holder was reportedly concerned about “more hearings that might embarrass the department.” If I were Stevens, I would demand hearings to try to determine whether the rogue prosecutors were politically motivated.

Their tactics were, in any event, effective: the Democrats took over Stevens’ Senate seat.

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