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February 08, 2012

Report on Sen. Stevens' prosecution to be public

A report on the #Justice Dept.'s botched #prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens must be made public, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. In a 55-page decision, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected arguments that the 500-page report be sealed up and never seen.

Instead, the report, potentially with some redactions, will become public in March. Wrote Sullivan:

"(The) Report chronicles significant prosecutorial misconduct in a highly publicized investigation
and prosecution brought by the Public Integrity Section against an incumbent United States Senator. The government’s ill-gotten verdict in the case not only cost that public official his bid for re-election, the results of that election tipped the balance of power in the United States Senate. That the government later moved to dismiss the indictment with prejudice and vacate the verdict months after the trial does not eradicate the misconduct, nor should it serve to shroud that misconduct in secrecy."



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