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Misconduct Report on Ted Stevens Prosecution: ‘Systematic Concealment of Exculpatory Evidence’ (NACDL News)

By Jack King

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A two-year investigation of the prosecution of late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, released on March 15, 2012, reveals that federal prosecutors and an FBI agent involved in the case deliberately and wrongfully attempted to convict a sitting U.S. senator on corruption charges that they knew, or should have known, were unfounded in fact. A 514-page report of that investigation released by the special prosecutor, Henry F. Schuelke, III, and his colleague William B. Shields, concludes that federal prosecutors engaged in “systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence which would have independently corroborated [the senator’s] defense.” Chief among the corruption allegations was a false charge that Stevens accepted free renovations to his home in Alaska, when in fact the government had written evidence of Stevens asking twice for the bill.

Among the report’s findings is evidence that:

  • The government encouraged and presented perjured testimony by its star witness, Bill All
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