- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Reactions to the Justice Department’s decision to drop all charges against the convicted former-Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

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“After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial. In light of this conclusion, and in consideration of the totality of the circumstances of this particular case, I have determined that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial.” _ Attorney General Eric Holder.

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“I am grateful that the new team of responsible prosecutors at the Department of Justice has acknowledged that I did not receive a fair trial and has dismissed all the charges against me. … It is unfortunate that an election was affected by proceedings now recognized as unfair.” _ Stevens.

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“I was pleased with the news that the Justice Department will drop all charges against Sen. Ted Stevens, but I am deeply disturbed that the government can ruin a man’s career and then say ‘never mind.’ There is nothing that will ever compensate for the loss of his reputation or leadership to the state of Alaska.” _ Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

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“I always said I didn’t think Senator Stevens should serve time in jail and hopefully this decision ensures that is the case. It’s time for Senator Stevens, his family and Alaskans to move on and put this behind us.” Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.

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“Ted was not only my colleague but he is my good friend, and today is a great day for him and the state of Alaska; justice has finally been served. … Those of us who know Ted have always known he is a good and honorable man who has spent his career providing for the state that he loves.” _ Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.

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“I believe the Justice Department did the right thing. I’m happy for Ted and his family.” _ Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii

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“They failed miserably in an attempt to bring him down based on some crazed notion of him being corrupt. … This will lift a big weight off his shoulders.” _ William Canfield, former Stevens staffer.

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“Just watching this, and the misconduct that has gone on, to me seems unbelievable, but this is a step in the right direction. I just feel sad for Sen. Stevens that this has been able to happen to him and have such a negative impact on his life.” _ Mike Tibbles, former Stevens campaign manager.

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“I am delighted to see justice moving forward. The position that the Alaska Republican Party took after the trial was that Alaskans needed to support the senator, and now we have further information to support our position.” _ Randy Ruedrich, Alaska GOP chairman.

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“That was very interesting. I think all Alaskans are just ready to move on, and I’m glad for him he can get on with his life.” _ Patti Higgins, Alaska Democratic Party chairwoman.

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