Federal prosecutors in DC hid evidence favorable to U.S. Senator Ted Stevens – evidence which would have established Stevens’ innocence, and damaged the credibility of government witnesses, according to a new report released today. Stevens was fortunate enough to be able to afford top-drawer lawyers. who unearthed the prosecutors’ plot to bury evidence favorable to the defense. How many others get railroaded is left unanswered by the special prosecutor’s report.
In their defense, the prosecutors and FBI agents claimed amnesia. None could remember an interview with their star witness which essentially debunked their entire case.
Henry F. Schuelke, the special prosecutor appointed by federal judge Emmet Sullivan, called the “complete, simultaneous and long-term memory failure by the entire prosecution team, four prosecutors and the F.B.I. case agent … [is] difficult to believe.” No kidding? Four prosecutors and an FBI agents interview a witness, and no one remembers the witness saying that they had the facts all wrong.
If 5 guys from the street claimed collective amnesia, they would be prosecuted for perjury, but special prosecutor, Schuelke, citing technicalities, recommended that these prosecutors get a pass.
Stevens, who died on a plane crash in 2010, is exonerated. Time will tell if the special prosecutor’s report changes anything for the average defendant.
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