Senator Ted Stevens trial comes to abrupt halt

There could be a mistrial in the works. From AP

The corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens has been thrown into disarray by a defense demand for a mistrial.

Judge Emmet Sullivan sent the jury home for the day on Thursday after the veteran Alaska lawmaker’s lawyers claimed prosecutors withheld evidence that would help their defense.

The judge lashed out at prosecutors, asking them, “Why shouldn’t I dismiss the indictment?” He said he would hear arguments about the issue later Thursday.

Prosecutors said it was an honest mistake when they waited until late Wednesday night to turn over FBI reports about interviews with the government’s star witness, oil pipeline contractor Bill Allen.

The Anchorage Daily News has Judge Sullivan sounding more annoyed than the AP report.

Infuriated, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he found it “unbelievable.”

“It strikes me this is probably intentional,” he said. “This is the government’s chief witness!”

I pretty much agree with Don Surber who writes– “He’s a crook and he belongs there but he is first entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury of his peers.

And prosecutors are supposed to play by the rules.”

Because of Stevens corruption, a safe Republican Senate seat could be lost this November. When you throw in Senate races in VA, NH, and a few other states, the GOP is in for some serious bloodletting.

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