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Judge in Stevens trial wants documents

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Interesting report by Richard Mauer of the Anchorage Daily News:

The judge who presided over former Sen. Ted Stevens’ trial last fall issued two orders Sunday indicating he may not be ready to give up jurisdiction of the case even as the government is asking for all charges to be dismissed.

In the first of the unusual weekend orders, filed at 5:22 p.m. Eastern time (1:22 p.m. Alaska time) in Washington, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan directed federal prosecutors to provide him copies of everything they had gathered in the post-trial reviews and investigations and which they had provided to Stevens’ defense attorneys. He also directed them to provide everything they had uncovered and produced related to the complaint by Anchorage FBI agent Chad Joy into the conduct of the Alaska corruption investigation and the prosecution of Stevens’ case.

Sullivan also demanded the notes of prosecutors from an April 15, 2008, interview of former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen.

It was the discovery of those notes two weeks ago by a new prosecution team that led Attorney General Eric Holder to seek dismissal of all charges against Stevens "in the interest of justice." The notes directly contradicted a key piece of Allen’s testimony six months later at Stevens’ trial and should have been turned over to the defense, Holder said.

Sullivan directed prosecutors to produce the information no later than 10 a.m. Eastern time today.

At 8:42 p.m., 3½ hours after filing his first order, Sullivan issued another order directing the Justice Department, the FBI, the IRS "and any and all other government agencies" that investigated or prosecuted Stevens to not destroy any evidence or documents connected to the case. His order demanded preservation of e-mails, notes, memos, investigative files, audio recordings and "any and all electronically stored information."

The orders were …

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Written by Leisureguy

7 April 2009 at 10:51 am

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