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January-February 2012 , Page 12 

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Stevens Prosecutors Won’t Face Charges (NACDL News)

By Jack King

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In November 2011, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan (D.D.C.) released a scathing memorandum and order finding that federal prosecutors from the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section committed numerous specified and unspecified acts of prosecutorial misconduct in a high-profile set of federal bribery cases.

An investigation by two attorneys appointed by the court, Henry F. Schulke and William B. Shields, found that the investigation and prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens et al. were “permeated by the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence that would have independently corroborated his defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness.”

Three prosecutors, who indicted and tried the late Sen. Stevens and at least two other Alaskan state officials, will not face criminal contempt charges, however. Because he did not issue an order that was “clear and unequivocal,” Judge Sullivan said,

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