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Latest Theodore Stevens Items
Gov. Sean Parnell plans to request $1 million in state funds to help preserve the records of the late Ted Stevens.
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
The "Bridgegate" brouhaha surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may well be another example of the Democrats' "Stevens-ism" ("N.J. Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry," Web, Jan. 13). It may be recalled that Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican, was investigated with great media attention and bulldoggedness until he lost his 2008 re-election bid, thereby providing the Democratic Senate with sufficient members to pass Obamacare. Stevens, now deceased, was later cleared owing to prosecutorial criminality of withholding exculpatory evidence (no punishments were doled out, of course).
You've heard the stories. A prosecutor withholds evidence he thinks may be beneficial to a defendant. The defendant proceeds in ignorance of that evidence and is convicted. The evidence eventually comes to light, and the defendant is exonerated or given a new trial. These stories make for sensational headlines: misbehavior, intrigue and, eventually, justice. But overwhelmingly, instances of prosecutors failing to share favorable evidence with defendants are seldom this blatant, or simple.
ANALYSIS: It's hard to imagine the U.S. as a place where citizens have to fear overzealous prosecution, but last week's reversals in the cases of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and five New Orleans police officers are part of a troubling pattern reminiscent of the Soviet criminal justice system — a system in which the state is always right, even when it is wrong.
Joe Miller, a tea party favorite, filed paperwork to formally enter the U.S. Senate race in Alaska.
The suspensions of two Justice Department prosecutors for failing to turn over evidence in the government's botched corruptions case against Sen. Ted Stevens have been overturned by an administrative judge.
A terminal at Alaska's main airport was evacuated early Sunday after a passenger made reference to a bomb in luggage, officials said.
After the fall of the twin towers, President George W. Bush and Congress desperately sought to do something to guarantee such an attack would never happen again. They ultimately agreed to fold 22 existing federal agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS).