April 1st, 2009
09:12 AM ET
13 years ago

Source: Justice case against former Sen. Ted Stevens dropped

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Justice Department asked a federal court Wednesday to "set aside the verdict and dismiss the indictment" in the corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, court documents show.

Stevens, 85, was convicted in October on seven counts of lying on mandatory financial disclosure forms.

Stevens hid "hundreds of thousands of dollars of freebies" he received from an oil field services company and its CEO, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Matthew Friedrich said.

Many of the alleged free services were given as part of a renovation of Stevens' Alaska home.

Stevens maintained his innocence even after the conviction, and his sentencing has been delayed amid charges by an FBI agent of prosecutorial misconduct.

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  1. Chad

    Why is the indictment dismissed? One justice system for some people, another one for others. This makes me sick – he should spend the rest of his pathetic life in jail.

    April 1, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Scott in Atlanta

    He knew too much...

    April 1, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. John

    Surprise surprise, special treatment for a corrupt politician. Fraud is fraud and he should be held accountable, regardless of age.

    April 1, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. CAL

    send his corrupt butt to jail, nobody is above the law not even this crocked senator, hell we have a whole bunch just like him in DC right now they just haven't been caught yet.

    April 1, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Bob the Observer

    "[C]harges by an FBI agent of prosecutorial misconduct." Surprise, surprise! This was a set-up, and just like the Palin case, it went away after the elections. Both cases have now been dropped, simply because they were of no use any longer to the corrupt people who brought them up and got them to the press in the first place.

    This was nothing but a Democratic move to try to gain a filibuster proof senate, much like the Franken people who apparently have stolen the election in Minnesota.

    Democrat or Republican majority, the last thing we need is a senate without filibuster. Both sides of the aisle have made some idiotic moves in the past two decades, and they both need a check on them.

    I am amazed at how many senatorial elections this year, directly or indirectly, were decided in a court room instead of a ballot box.

    We need to repeal the 16th Amendment and return the election of senators to state legislatures, where the framers of the constitution intended it to be.

    April 1, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Brian Crooks

    No partisan witch hunts from THIS Department of Justice. What the post fails to mention is that the charges were dropped because the Prosecution failed to provide all relevant evidence to the Defense. I think we all know Stevens is guilty as sin, but rather than look the other way in the face of gross misconduct, this DOJ did what was right. Refreshing, isn't it, Gonzo?

    April 1, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. wasabe kid

    Having been convicted, I presume this criminal will go to jail. After all, when an elected official takes bribes, he is committing a much greater crime than Bernard Madoff did.

    Madoff was an ordinary crook, and I believe that most of his victims were in actuality silent co-conspirators. People who have millions to invest are not babes-in-the-financial-woods. Surely most of them knew that Madoff was up to something crooked or he couldn't have paid out the returns he did. They knew that. For example, if someone offers to sell me a new 2009 Buick for $1,000, I know the car must be stolen. I can't later claim to a judge that I am an innocent victim and that I had no idea the car was hot.

    Stevens betrayed the voters, his nation, and the Constitution. Traitors belong in the slammer. Elected traitors should spend the rest of their lives in jail.

    April 1, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Baze

    what a surprise.

    April 1, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. me

    We knew it was political... but he needed to go. It's a shame the citizens of Alaska still rathered a crook. Shows their mentality...

    April 1, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Liberals Are Stupid

    Using the same liberal arguments about Bill Clinton, I now declare Ted Stevens innocent of all charges. Thank you, come again.

    April 1, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. Virginia

    Considering his age, just having the old crook out of office is enough.

    April 1, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Jon in Texas

    I fully expect this story will be buried by the media . . . can a guy sue the government??

    April 1, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Unbelievable.... all it takes is money, huh? No accountability for the rich....

    April 1, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Maybe, The Justice Department don't want to send former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was convicted in October on seven counts of lying on mandatory financial disclosure forms to jail or federal pen maybe he is too olded, Steven is 85 yrs young.

    April 1, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. phyllicia

    He should be sentences and serve his penalty; he was corrupt in office and should not get away with it.

    April 1, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Guillermo Aguilar

    We all know this will happen Mr: Ted Stevens we know this is just part of the game !.....

    April 1, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Kelly

    Just another day in the life of a rebublican. Commit a crime, lie to the feds about gifts, sex in bathrooms, outing CIA agents, firing judges, hiring undocumented workers, etc., and nothing will happen. Why waste the courts time when someone who owes them a favor drops the charges. Who next Madoff?

    April 1, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. j

    So what`s new !!!! -The more things change, the more they are the same. -– The old saying, " What`s good for the goose is good for the gander " should be " What`s good for the goose is good for the goose and to hell with the gander." That`s Washington`s good ole boy`s club.

    April 1, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Johnny from VA

    The Democrats can pat themselves on the back, Mission Accomplished. He lost his Senate seat to a Democrat and that was all they wanted anyway.

    Nice work, Dems.

    April 1, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. JonDie

    Uncle Ted got lucky. Anyone else would have gone to the slammer.

    April 1, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. the idiot

    How about that folks, another republican that lost his seat due to election misconduct by the libs. Way to go Soros, ACORN and unions. Kinda reminds you of the old elections they used to have in the USSR. Another step to one party rule like Cuba, China and Venezuala. Another one for "Team Obama." He must have paid his taxes otherwise instead of being tried, he would have been offered a cabinet position.

    April 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I don't care what party you are, this is wrong. Why is it that people like him get away with things that would put the rest of us behind bars. I am so sick of government officials being above the law. If he is 85 when he is convicted then he should die in jail. In my mind our reps should get the maximum punishment for a crime. They should be used as an example.

    April 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Good Grief, another slacker. The rest of us would be in jail or fired.

    April 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Jack T.

    Just one more example of how corrupt our government has become. No one wants to do anything about these crooks except complain about the government. Our government has not represented the people for many years now. They work for Lobbyists and other Special Interest groups.

    Probably, Senator Stevens can implicate many other Washington crooks. So, the Justice Department has been pressured by these other crooks to drop his conviction. He was convicted by a jury of his peers in a legal court of law. No grounds for dropping his conviction.

    It is very sad to see what has happened to our once great country.

    April 1, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Paul from Phoenix


    Case is brought up, Senator loses re-election to Dem, Dem controlled Justice Dept asks and case is dropped. Would this be dropped if he had won re-election?

    Doubt it.

    April 1, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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