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

Source: Justice case against former Sen. Ted Stevens dropped

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/01/stevens.case.dropped/art.stevens.gi.jpg caption="Former Sen. Ted Stevens, 85, of Alaska lost his re-election bid in November."]
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. one day at a time

    he should be treated just like anyone else caught doing the same thing, he's old, but he's still guilty, so is the governor of alaska.

    April 1, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Mike

    Please let this be an April Fools joke.

    April 1, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Guillermo Aguilar

    I don't know what is the problem with most people we Know Mrs:Palin she is kind of open person, is that why ? I can't be my self the way I whant to be ? do we have to be the way others whant me to be like laying and act the way others whant me to be I don't think so , just look arround you nothing is perfect is all in our mind, we still have a big problem our selfs pretty sad !........

    April 1, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Joe, Chicago IL

    This is a shame...for the verdict to be asked to be tossed out by the Feds and the Indictment to be dismissed shows that this was nothing but a puppet trial.

    I am sure that this will be the last we hear of this case. It is a shame that the Dems used the courts to smear a Senator for re-election.

    For all those Dems that want to argue otherwise, verdicts can be tossed for prosecutorial misconduct, INDICTMENTS only get tossed when EVIDENCE and CRIMES were found to NEVER HAVE EXISTED.

    If the Feds had any sense of duty, they would be going after every person involved in falsifying charges, testimony and everyone involved in conspiracy.

    It will not happen, because the Dems have no sense of duty or country.

    April 1, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Millie Bea

    Of course it's being dropped- did you ever have any doubt? At least he's out of office.

    April 1, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Guillermo Aguilar

    Same thing happen with Mrs:Clinton and now what ? we are at the same situation is ironic the way we communicate our selfs I tell you go to the left and you go to the right we never agree almost in anything !............

    April 1, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. John H

    The man is GUILTY!! Its a sham that our own Justice Dept. is asking that the verdict be set aside and the convicted felon be set free. This is your American justice system at its best – MONEY AND INFLUENCE TALK! The man concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxable income, perjured himself, was tried and found guilty. Now he is to be set free. As an average American citizen, put yourself in his place. You would be housed so far back in a prison cell that you would have to be fed with a slingshot.

    April 1, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Karen S Crow

    Aw .. spit!

    Come on folks! If a crook is presented to you like a well-wrapped gift, don't mess it up with prosecutor misconduct!

    Even the BEST cases will get tossed for that!!

    (shakes head and walks away)

    April 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. To RUSH and JINDAL: I do not want the levees in Louisiana or Florida to fail, just the policies of the Corp. of Engineers building them!!!

    Stevens is VERY lucky that President Obama's administration is so generous.

    If I had been in charge this clown would be in the slammer!

    April 1, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Joyce Becker

    Personally I think that Stevens is guilty as sin, but he is out of the Senate in disgrace after so many years, he is an old man and can' t do any more damage so the best thing is to just let him live out his years in his 'oil' house and write everything off. There should bve better laws to prevent these things from happening again, of course there will always be guys like Stevens who shake everyone they can.

    April 1, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. big papa

    ...Stevens must REALLY know where all the bodies are buried...

    ...America's experiment is really fragile...

    ...and Stevens must have the goods to finally bring Rome down...

    ...this REALLY stinks...

    ...and proves America is rotten to the core...

    April 1, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Buffalo

    By studying Palin and Stevens, it would appear Republicans from the great State of Alaska have no political fortitude, no sense or right or wrong and are unable to acknowledge their own flaws. It would seem their relative proximity to Russia has influenced their morals. Commies? Maybe.

    April 1, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Keith Johnson

    What is next? Dismissing ex-Rep. William Jefferson's 16 corruption charges because he lost his election?

    If you are accused of commiting a crime, you get a trial with a jury of your peers, and if you are found guilty, you have to pay the piper.

    Losing an election should never be an excuse for dismissing criminal charges.

    April 1, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that would okay since there is a chance that the problems with the prosecution would be a cause for dismissal. Stevens is out of the Senate anyway. That is a good thing for me. He found ways to get money to Alaska that should have gone there.

    April 1, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Freed_From_W

    Put him in jail. This is a catastrophe.

    April 1, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. John from LA

    Something about this doesn't sound or smell right-Could Attorney General Holder and Steven's attorney have worked out a deal????-they've known each other for years....another crooked Attorney General!

    April 1, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Chloe

    I guess they decided that just being in Alaska being governed by Sarah Palin was enough punishment! I am puzzled, so NOW Stevens gets away with these crimes??

    April 1, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. jason moxter

    The Justice Department deliberately messed up this case so that it could be thrown out. Don't kid yourself, the fix was in on this.

    April 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Ben in Oil City, Pa

    The article doesn't mention the reason this guy gets to go free on this.
    Why does he deserve to have his charges drop, I guess he scores another freebie.

    April 1, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Big John

    Still maintains his innocence...not surprising, the prisons are full of "innocent" victims.

    April 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Gerald F.

    He may be an eight five year old man. But after reading the article. It does not tell the reader WHY? all charges set aside or dismissed? In doing so. What is this saying to people? Unless there is a good reason (terminal with an illness as one example). Then what is the point of having a justice system ? Is this the new 21st century way of thinking?
    No politician is charged or convicted of wrong doing? Because they are politicians? Either I missed something. Or the writer of this article forgot something.

    April 1, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. greg in florida

    i guess some think public humiliation and being an example of big oil hypocrisy is punishment enough... not me

    April 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Roland

    Why of course, I'm wondering what the government did while they used this as a cover story of sorts to hide what was really going on within our government at that time.

    April 1, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. S Callahan

    Only in America....percieved guilty of a crime and then case dropped and your innocent after your life has been ruined. Shame.

    April 1, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. lcx

    If it is proven he has been corrupIt is not to be excused, we have all suffered due to all the greed and lying and corruption and enough is enough!! He is NO better than anyone else,

    April 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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