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7th April
2009
written by Sean Noble

I am no fan of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. This is the man who brought us the “bridge to nowhere,” the granddaddy of earmarks and was an unabashed big-spending Republican.

Last year he was indicted and then later convicted for abuse of office related to business associates in Alaska providing free goods and services to Stevens, who was having his home remodeled.

On Tuesday a federal judge tossed out Steven’s conviction saying, “In nearly 25 years on the bench I have never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct in this case.” He also said the prosecutor’s actions were “shocking and disturbing.”

As a result of the investigation, indictment and conviction, Ted Stevens lost his Senate race last year.  Can you imagine the screaming that we’d be hearing if it were a Democrat Senator who had lost a race and then had his conviction thrown out?

Keep in mind that the prosecution was carried out by George W. Bush’s Justice Department.  So much for the claims that Bush’s Justice Department was “partisan.”

The bad news is that the Obama/Holder Justice Department is likely to scale back public corruption probes in the future.   We will have to wait and see what happens with current investigations into Democrat Congressmen Jack Murtha (PA) and Allen Mollahan (W. VA).  My guess is that they are toasting the decision.

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5 Comments

  1. flicka47
    07/04/2009

    On Tuesday a federal judge tossed out Steven’s conviction saying, “In nearly 25 years on the bench I have never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct in this case.”

    I know no Federal judge has looked at it,but have to wonder what did this judge think of the Duke Lacrosse case?

  2. allyson Farr
    08/04/2009

    ………not that the Alaskan Republicans aren’t screaming for new election. They have asked Begich to resign so they can have this “special election.” Screaming isn’t limited to one party.

  3. 08/04/2009

    This will scare back corruption and senatorial race concerns unless you’re a MN comedian or any other Democrat with a wad of cash and lots of ire.

    I wish I was as concise as you–me too verbose.

    Great Piece 🙂

    Gayle

  4. 08/04/2009

    You mean it was kinda like a witch hunt? Reminds me of a sitting president who was also involved in one of the most partisan witch hunts of our century. BTW — what was the outcome of the Whitewater investigation?? Right…not guilty. But hey, we got Monica out of the deal! Just like in Alaska we got a new senator.

  5. Frankie
    08/04/2009

    Why can’t you just call them Democratic Senators? Why do you all play into the dumb word game of saying Democrat Congressman and Democrat Senator? It’s rude. Do you see anyone else saying Republic Congressman? No. It’s Republican Congressman, just as it should be Democratic Congressman.

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