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March 23, 2010



The U. S. Justice Department has failed to remember that it's attorneys wear 2 hats. One: for zealous advocacy for their particular case, and Two: Justice. They shoould never try to win a case that is unjust. An unjust case is one where the evidence doesn't support a conviction. Individual egos get in the way of justice. Prosecutors seem to be of the ilk that just can't let a certain case go when it is already gone. If it is not ego, then it is politics. Heaven forbid. Now you know!

Eric Rasmusen

The conduct of the Justice Dept. in the Stevens case--- which gave Democrats their crucial 60th vote in the Senate--- h was disgraceful. I don't know if it would have been admissible in a retrial, but if it was, how could they have gotten a conviction anyway?

It doesn't say good things about Ogden if he is more concerned about the department's morale than about its criminal violations:

"U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan called "outrageous" the conduct of lawyers from the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, including unit chief William Welch and deputy Brenda Morris. He held the lawyers in contempt after they conceded having "no reason" to withhold the evidence.

"That was a court order, it wasn't a request," an irate Judge Sullivan said. "Isn't the Justice Department taking court orders seriously these days?" ...

Friday is not the first time prosecutors in the case angered Judge Sullivan.

During the trial, he chided them for failing to turn over evidence that potentially may have helped Stevens. Prosecutors maintained they made honest mistakes, and the judge ultimately determined the misconduct wasn't serious enough to warrant a dismissal....

But an unusual amount of post-trial activity has brought serious challenges to the candor of prosecutors, which Stevens' lawyers are seizing on to ask Judge Sullivan to overturn the verdict.

First, a witness claimed he committed perjury and the government knew it. That was followed by an explosive complaint in which an FBI agent who worked on the case made allegations of widespread prosecutorial misconduct. ..."

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