A federal judge sent the jury in Ted Stevens’ Washington corruption trial home today as he considers declaring a mistrial for the Alaska senator, the AP reports. Stevens’ lawyers claimed that prosecutors attempted to withhold FBI reports about the government’s key witness, former oil exec Bill Allen, that they say would’ve helped their defense.
Prosecutors said withholding the files was a honest mistake, but judge Emmet Sullivan was livid: "Why shouldn't I dismiss the indictment?" he told the prosecutors before sending the jury away. The defense had earlier requested a mistrial when it was revealed that the prosecution had sent a witness helpful to the defense back to Alaska, but Sullivan did not grant it.