Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is an exonerated man.
A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Stevens’ 2008 corruption conviction, a week after the Justice Department dropped its case against the 85-year-old, saying prosecutors withheld evidence during trial.
Today, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan dismissed the Stevens charges and called prosecutors’ actions the worst “mishandling or misconduct that I’ve seen in my 25 years.” He then ordered a special attorney to investigate whether the Stevens prosecution team committed criminal contempt. If they are found to have acted wrongly, charges will be filed.
Stevens – who once called the Internet “a series of tubes” – headed the Senate Commerce Committee for a number of years; the panel oversees critical telecom and FCC policy issues.