Ted Stevens the lawyer is back in business. Well, maybe not. But at least he will likely keep his bar licenses clean.
The Alaska Bar Association on Wednesday moved to withdraw its motion for interim suspension, and the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel is expected this week to seek the lifting of the interim suspension, which was was put in place after a jury found Stevens guilty in October on seven felony counts of making false statements on Senate financial disclosure forms.
The Alaska bar counsel, Stephen Van Goor, says Stevens’ lawyers opposed interim suspension but no action had been taken by the Alaska Supreme Court. “If the criminal conviction is thrown out, there’s no basis for the action,” Van Goor says. Stevens has been a member of the D.C. Bar since 1951. The D.C. Court of Appeals temporarily suspended his license in December.
At the request of the Justice Department, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan dismissed the Stevens case Tuesday with prejudice, citing allegations of government misconduct. The judge initiated a criminal investigation—he appointed a special prosecutor—to determine whether six Justice attorneys should be charged with criminal contempt for violating court orders in the Stevens case.