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Sunday, April 01, 2012

DOJ moved to set aside verdict against ex-senator Ted Stevens
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On April 1, 2009, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion [PDF] in federal court seeking to set aside the verdict and dismiss the indictment on corruption charges brought against former US Senator Ted Stevenson. Stevens was convicted in October 2009 of seven counts of making false statements related to an alleged corruption scheme and for falsifying his Financial Disclosure Forms. The DOJ later admitted that it did not turn over relevant evidence to the defense in preparation for trial. The behavior of the prosecution led to a request in December 2008 by the defense that the conviction be removed and a new trial ordered. In February 2009, the DOJ lawyers were held in contempt by US District Court Jduge Emmet Sullivan for their failure to turn over documents. US Attorney General Eric Holder said that it was in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial. The DOJ's motion was granted on April 7, 2009.

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