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Ted Stevens Charges Dismissed, Federal Judge Orders Criminal Probe Of Prosecutors

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan today dismissed all charges against Ted Stevens, the former Republican Senator from Alaska that lost a close race for reelection last year. Judge Sullivan also took the unusual step of ordering a criminal investigation into possible wrongdoing by federal prosecutors that brought the case against Stevens:

A federal judge has dismissed corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens and opened a criminal investigation into prosecutors who mishandled the case.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the misconduct was the most serious he has ever seen in nearly 25 years on the bench. He appointed attorney Henry Schulke (Shul-KEE) as special prosecutor to investigate the Justice Department team for possible criminal contempt charges.

To paraphrase former Reagan appointee Ray Donovan, where does Stevens go to get his election back now? Stevens' tenure of late in the Senate has hardly been a hallmark of virtue but he would have represented an important Republican vote standing in the way of the President's über liberal agenda. How the Stevens saga is handled by Republicans will signal much about the tenor of the 2010 elections. Why? Because Stevens was the victim of Department of Justice careerists' ambitions run amok during a lame duck presidency. This is the same sort of bureaucratic power President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are expanding at a geometric rate.

There is an interesting dissonance in the Stevens incident as it compares with the liberal agenda in Washington today. On the hand we have a voracious Congress that indignantly demands to retroactively abrogate private contracts between citizens and their employers on the slim justification that Congress has public money in the game. On the other hand we have a United States senator that clearly lost reelection because of probable criminal misconduct by government prosecutors. Is anyone concerned about the tyranny of the bureaucratic oligarchs in these incidents? It's no wonder that Atlas Shrugged, written fifty years ago, finds itself on the bestseller lists today.


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To paraphrase former Rea... (Below threshold)
mantis:

To paraphrase former Reagan appointee Ray Donovan, where does Stevens go to get his election back now?

Same place Gary Condit does.

This is the same sort of bureaucratic power President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are expanding at a geometric rate.

Man, are you dumb. Prosecutors are not bureaucrats. Criminal prosecutions are not bureaucracy. This has nothing to do with Obama.

And by the way, Stevens is still a corrupt scumbag. He's just not an incarcerated one.

It's no wonder that Atlas Shrugged, written fifty years ago, finds itself on the bestseller lists today.

Yes, poorly written fantasies do have a long shelf life among idiots.

Hey shouldn't you all have "Gone Galt" already? I'm anxious to see what will happen to our country when all the captains of industry and genius innovators among the tea partiers deny their essential contributions from the rest of us. What are you all waiting for?

Oh, umm, Wolverines!

It does look like I need to... (Below threshold)
jim:

It does look like I need to point out - it was the **Bush Administration** justice department that was guilty of improper prosecution against Stevens. And it was the **Obama Administration** justice department, that has led the way to righting this wrong.

And let's be clear about Ted Stevens, too. "Innocent until proven guilty" - but that doesn't mean he's clean, it just means he may not have done anything illegal. When a constituent builds half of a Senator's freakin' house for free, people are right to have suspicion about that Senator's impartiality.

Finally, I'd like to see some evidence that Obama is actually expanding the power and scope of the Justice Department at a "geometric rate".

Let's remember the environment our rhetoric lands in. People are very freaked out in very difficult times. Valid criticisms must be and should be aired - but they should be couched in provable facts. OTherwise we get phantom fears like Obama's "plans to ban guns", that may have pushed that PA psycho to killing 3 policemen.

I'm not saying don't criticize. I'm just saying, have facts behind it. That's all.

And just to be clear, fact-... (Below threshold)
jim:

And just to be clear, fact-less incendiary nonsense that comes from the left-wing can be just as destructive. The real solution is for everyone, right or left, to be clear about the facts behind their allegations before they spread them. And not just give voice to nameless fears, so the unbalanced can take them to heart.

re:jim: "OTherwise we g... (Below threshold)

re:jim: "OTherwise we get phantom fears like Obama's "plans to ban guns",

It's not a phantom fear when the Obama adminstration point blank says they want to regulate guns because of the actions of Mexican drug lords

" that may have pushed that PA psycho to killing 3 policemen."

Not only do you wish to pre-emptively repeal the 2nd Amendment, now you want to repeal the 1st Amendment, because people might say unpleasant things. Did you ever tell the Democrats who hung Bush in effigy to cease & desist in their behavior because people might have been inspired to assassinate the president? & since when did the left care about police officers? You people typically idolize cop killers like Mumia Abu-Jamal & turn them into your heros.

re: mantis:"And by the ... (Below threshold)

re: mantis:"And by the way, Stevens is still a corrupt scumbag. He's just not an incarcerated one."

If true, how does that make him any different than Rangel & Dodd?

Not only do you wish to ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Not only do you wish to pre-emptively repeal the 2nd Amendment, now you want to repeal the 1st Amendment, because people might say unpleasant things.

I love the wingnut perspective.

Rational person: "Try to be responsible about what you say. There are a lot of nuts out there whose insanity you are feeding and making worse."

Wingnut: "You're trying to repeal the 1st Amendment!!!!!!1!! You love Mumia!"

Back to the bunker, Barber.

This is just more proof tha... (Below threshold)
Dickie Flatts:

This is just more proof that Bush's boy Alberto was a total boob and a jackazz who couldn't run anything right. The guy was a hack just like Bush. He was a stain on the DOJ.

Thankfully Democrats will clean up the mess, shine the light on what went wrong, and hopefully throw someone's azz in jail over this.

I am not a Stevens fan but ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am not a Stevens fan but I did feel he was being set up. An experienced Senator like Stevens, Kennedy, Byrd, are too smart to get caught. ww

It's not a phantom fear ... (Below threshold)
jim:

It's not a phantom fear when the Obama adminstration point blank says they want to regulate guns because of the actions of Mexican drug lords

It *is* a phantom fear - because Obama is not suggesting *or* planning a ban of all guns.

Do you see the difference?

1. Obama is suggesting that something should be done, from a perspective that you have every right to disagree with.

2. Obama is not suggesting, nor does he have a plan in place, nor is he even talking about creating a plan, for banning all guns in the US.

And think about, even from a cynical political perspective. What are the 3 most important swing states? Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio. Who loves guns? PA, FA, and OH. Why would any Democrat EVER want to support banning all guns? They would never see the inside of the White House again. And no Democrat from those states would ever the Senate or the Congress either.

Let's just all calm down.

And also, what did I say to... (Below threshold)
jim:

And also, what did I say to even hint that I was talking about repealing the 1st Amendment??

What I am doing is asking people to be aware of what they're saying, and not say it like fact if it has no factual basis. That's an *entirely different* thing.

Criticism and a plea for factual basis is not suppression of free speech. Rather, it's the opposite - it's what we **want** in a free market of free speech. We want ideas to compete and win based on their merits.

Right?

Why would any Democrat E... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Why would any Democrat EVER want to support banning all guns? They would never see the inside of the White House again.

Nuh-uh, cause Hussein Obama X is going to repeal the Constitution, institute Sharia law, declare himself Supreme Leader of the Universe, ban all guns and speech, force us all to get gay married and perform abortions (on demand!), and take the phosphates out of our dishwasher soap! Then he won't have to worry about re-election!!!!!1!

Wolverines!

Mantis just explained Barak... (Below threshold)
914:

Mantis just explained Barakas positions admirably.

mantis....Man, ... (Below threshold)

mantis....

Man, are you dumb. Prosecutors are not bureaucrats. Criminal prosecutions are not bureaucracy.

Brenda Morris has been at DOJ for a long time. She is certainly a careerist, and a bureaucrat.

She is certainly a caree... (Below threshold)
mantis:

She is certainly a careerist, and a bureaucrat.

She's a prosecutor. Do you call criminal trials "bureaucracy" also?

"If true, how does that mak... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"If true, how does that make him any different than Rangel & Dodd?"

You forgot Jefferson and Waters. But that's different, because they're Democrats. It's all about "nuance".

Mantis, We do not el... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Mantis,
We do not elect prosecutors. They do work for the federal govermeet. So they are are part of the bureaucracy of the DOJ.


1 a: a body of nonelective government officials
b: an administrative policy-making group
2: government characterized by specialization of functions, adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority
3: a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape, and proliferation

Obama is not sugge... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Obama is not suggesting, nor does he have a plan in place, nor is he even talking about creating a plan, for banning all guns in the US.

But he is talking about banning guns that are legal under current law and that's what has people stocking up.

jim, go preach your "let's ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

jim, go preach your "let's just get along and put out only facts" somewhere else. Have you been asleep for the past eights years of constant putting down of GW and republicans? Showing a picture of GW with the word assasinate under it. You guys make me laugh if you weren't so pathetic. ww

It was George Bush's Justic... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

It was George Bush's Justice Department that brought these charges against Stevens, costing him the election. And it was the Democrat Attorney General, Eric Holder, that exonerated Stevens. Go figure?

Moron:It... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Moron:

It was George Bush's Justice Department that brought these charges against Stevens, costing him the election. And it was the Democrat Attorney General, Eric Holder, that exonerated Stevens

Only a moron thinks that the President has some absolute power over every facet of the government.

And it was the Democrat... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

And it was the Democrat Attorney General, Eric Holder, that exonerated Stevens.

No. It was Judge Sullivan that dismissed the charges.
Nice attempt at spin, though.

Willie, you have a picture ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Willie, you have a picture of Bush with the word "assassinate" written under it? Did you infiltrate a meeting of 17-year-old anarchists?

Ok, here's some facts.... (Below threshold)
jim:

Ok, here's some facts.

1. Eric Holder order the Justice Department to drop all charges.

Here's several citations:

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/04/ted_stevens_case_dropped_eric.html

http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2009/04/01/ag-eric-holder-drops-ted-stevens-charges/

This then led the Judge to dismiss all charges.

2. Yes, I criticized the Bush administration. And I actually **encourage** you to criticize the Obama administration.

I only ask that you do it with ***facts***.

I mean, do whatever you like. It's just that facts are better for everyone than hyperbole, especially in freaked-out times like we're currently in.

Agree or disagree?

jim, go preach your "let... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

jim, go preach your "let's just get along and put out only facts" somewhere else.

Holy Shit, WW! I am saving that one forever. "Hey Democrats, go shove your facts and getting along somewhere else". There it is. On April 8, 2009 that comment makes my side right forever.

You are King Moron of the Morons. Bask in your glory.

Good to see that the FasciS... (Below threshold)

Good to see that the FasciSSocialist Psychosis that drives the O'Zero "administration's" every un-and-anti-American staffer (and to a greater or lesser extent -- a good number of them being but mustered from among those too damned stupid to know they're being lied to and/or too damned mean-spirited and/or greedy to care -- his every supporter) has triggered their knee and other jerk compelling psychosis's compulsion that they projectile project their psychopathology at the first sign of the Truth catching up with their tyrannical attacks upon all that is decent and Good in our beloved fraternal republic.

I've selected that "mantis" represent the activists -- but also don't want to miss any of the blind and/or otherwise useful idiots, so thank you, too, jim.

Activist "Democrats" began their takeover and politicization of the machinery of government before the era of the traitor, Roosevelt. But before that manifestation of evil, he of our nation's most richly-ever (Soviet) enemy-agent larded "administration," whose fifth and sixth generation Socialist International supporting basta*d offspring to this day control every secretariat, department, agency and bureau -- was gone from the planet, the takeover was complete.

Activist "Democrat" Soviet agents and their rule-by-fiat "judicial" picks dictated the 1930s' corruptions -- particularly of the United States Constitution, deliberately, politically, caused and prolonged the Roosevelt Depression -- and committed other crimes against and imposed such Ponzi scams and other burdens upon our nation from which we may never recover.

Activist "Democrat" Soviet agents stood at the traitor Roosevelt's shoulder -- and at Truman's -- and dictated and oversaw Eastern Europe's surrender to mass-murdering Stalinist slavery and to the "communization" of our World War Two victories into the un-and-anti-American Marshall Plan.

And to this day, fascistic and crypto-fascistic activist, stand-over and shakedown merchant-like and often effectively terroristic "Democrat" enemies of our nation own and operate and control and manage every crucial lever and every switch and every cog and every wheel of every level of local and state and feral gummint. "Justice" department and practically ever bench of every rule-by-fiat court, included!

Brian Richard Allen
Los Angeles CalifO'ZEROcated 90028 -- and the Far Abroad

Hyper, it was on Craig Kilb... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Hyper, it was on Craig Kilborn's Late Night show on CBS. Nice try to diminish it. ww

OK, Brian, let's look at th... (Below threshold)
jim:

OK, Brian, let's look at that.

Good to see that the FasciSSocialist Psychosis that drives the O'Zero "administration's" every un-and-anti-American staffer

So is Defense Secretary Robert Gates anti-American? How about the rest of the Pentagon staff?

And please define what the Obama administration has done that is fascist, that the Bush administration and previous Republican administrations have **not** done.

If I'm so wrong, you should have facts, right? That should be no problem for you.

As for "anti-American", here's the deal: someone isn't anti-American just because they disagree with you. Go read up on the founding fathers. They were brilliant and good enough to **want** disagreement. That's the hallmark of a free society, you see.

And by the way, the "traitor" Roosevelt, among many other things, saved America and the world by defeating Nazi Germany. Disagree with his economic and social policies all you want. But when you call him a traitor, you insult everyone who fought in WWII.

Think.

Why did FDR invade Germany ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Why did FDR invade Germany if we were attacked by Japan jim? Is it comparable to GW and what he did in Iraq? Let's see if you will actually put the facts where your mouth is. ww

Wow, that's some LaMedusa l... (Below threshold)
max:

Wow, that's some LaMedusa level insanity right there, Mr. Brian Richard Allen. Keep up the good work.

Ww, I"m not even sure what ... (Below threshold)
jim:

Ww, I"m not even sure what you're arguing.

Are you trying to claim that FDR did **not** declare war against Germany in WWII, because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor? Or something?

In any case, FDR directed US forces to attack both Japan and Germany. This is because they were allies, and they were also enemies of our allies, and they were also forced bent on conquering the world. As I'm sure you well know. And under FDR and then Harry Truman, we defeated both of them.

So what's your argument?

Mr Stevens can now become a... (Below threshold)
Magic:

Mr Stevens can now become a democrat. He is like so many of them a unconvicted criminal. Lest we forget Rangell/Dodd/Piglosi/Reed/Murtha/Kerry/Kennedy/ Byrd/Shumer, well just get a listing of the house and senate democratic party. You can tell when a democratic is lying, his/her lips will be moving.

Mantis, what country do you live in, whenever you answer a question you prove that you are incapable of basic logic. You have tasted the koolaid and liked it, now fall to your need and give praise to the "ONE".




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