James Joyner at OTB, this morning brings news abot the latest action of Eric Holderâ€™s Justice Dept:
Attorney General Eric Holder has dropped the case against Ted Stevens, NPRâ€™s Nina Totenberg reports.
A jury convicted Stevens last fall of seven counts of lying on his Senate disclosure form in order to conceal $250,000 in gifts from an oil industry executive and other friends. Stevens was the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, however, he lost his bid for an eighth full term in office just days after he was convicted. Since then, charges of prosecutorial misconduct have delayed his sentencing and prompted defense motions for a new trial.
According to Justice Department officials, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to drop the case against Stevens rather than continue to defend the conviction in the face of persistent problems stemming from the actions of prosecutors.
The judge in the Stevens case has repeatedly delayed sentencing and criticized trial prosecutors for what heâ€™s called prosecutorial misconduct. At one point, prosecutors were held in contempt. Things got so bad [...]