Justice to Void Conviction of Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 7:25 AM CDT
Ted Stevens talks to reporters after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Attorney General Eric Holder intends to drop all charges against Ted Stevens, Justice Department officials tell NPR. Sentencing for Stevens, convicted of failing to disclose gifts from constituents, has been delayed for months as the judge berated the Justice Department for prosecutorial misconduct, including withholding evidence from the defense. Given Stevens’ advanced age and his November election defeat, Holder has decided to drop the case rather than face another round of bruising hearings.