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No Definitive Cause in Stevens' Alaska Plane Crash

Limited information on events of crash has NTSB stumped

(Newser) - No definitive cause can be determined for the plane crash that killed former US Sen. Ted Stevens and four others last summer in Alaska, the National Transportation Safety Board said today. The board agreed at a hearing in Washington that "temporary unresponsiveness" of the pilot could be to blame,... More »

Murkowski Airs Ted Stevens Endorsement

Campaign ad was filmed just days before he died

(Newser) - Not sure Joe Miller is going to be able to top this one: In the waning days of her hotly contested and bizarre Senate race, Lisa Murkowski has pulled out an endorsement from Alaskan political heavyweight and dead man Ted Stevens, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Filmed just days before... More »

It's Tough to Be Conservative Enough in 2010

Bob Dole, Gerald Ford, and more wouldn't be: Dana Milkbank

(Newser) - When Dana Milbank had the temerity to call Lisa Murkowski and Bob Bennett “faithful conservatives,” readers let him have it. These weren’t conservatives, they argued—just look at their American Conservative Union scores! So Milbank did. “What I found was astonishing,” he writes in the... More »

Photos Released From Stevens Crash as Survivors Speak

'They just stopped flying'

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday released photos from the site of the crash that killed former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others, as investigators spoke with two of the four survivors. According to the chair of the NTSB, they did not report hearing weird noises, nor did they... More »

The Horrific Scene of the Stevens Crash

Survivors lay in mangled wreckage as chilled rain fell

(Newser) - When Ted Stevens and his companions left their lodge, they thought they were headed for a quick trip to a salmon fishing camp. When they hadn’t arrived hours later, the lodge sent out search planes, who quickly found a horrific scene, the AP reports. The nose of the plane... More »

Ex-NASA Chief, Son Survive Plane Crash

Sean O'Keefe among survivors of crash that killed Stevens

(Newser) - Former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe survived the plane crash in Alaska that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens, an ex-NASA spokesman says. O'Keefe's teenage son, Kevin, also was among the four survivors. The plane crashed Monday night near a remote fishing village in Alaska, killing five. The former spokesman for the... More »

'Uncle Ted' Stevens Kept Alaska Solvent

He used his clout to bring in federal money, programs

(Newser) - Now that it's been confirmed Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash , attention is shifting to the legacy of the former Alaska senator. The wiry octogenarian was a legend in his home state, where he was known as "Uncle Ted." Though he was built like a birch... More »

Ted Stevens Dead in Alaska Plane Crash: Report

Former senator among 5 killed in remote western Alaska

(Newser) - Ted Stevens was among the five people killed in a plane crash last night in remote western Alaska, a former aide to the ex-US senator tells KTUU in Anchorage . Former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe was also believed to be among the nine people on the aircraft, but his fate is... More »

5 Killed, 4 Survive in Crash of Ted Stevens' Plane

Ex-senator's fate unknown; ex-head of NASA was among passengers

(Newser) - Five people are thought to be dead in a plane that went down in rural Alaska last night with former Sen. Ted Stevens believed to be aboard, reports the AP. The NTSB reports that there are four survivors, but it's not known if the senator is among them. Former NASA... More »

Stevens Turned Down Plea Deal

And then he got convicted! Bet he feels dumb...

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Stevens rejected a plea bargain that would have kept him out of prison, according to newly released transcripts. In a July 31 conference, Stevens’ attorney, Brendan Sullivan, said prosecutors had offered to keep Stevens out of jail in exchange for one felony plea, but that Stevens had turned... More »

Holder Changes Ethics Boss at Justice Dept.

Move comes one day after judge's criticism over Stevens case

(Newser) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he's shifting some office heads at the Justice Department and putting a career Washington prosecutor in charge of the internal ethics unit. Mary Patrice Brown will lead the Office of Professional Responsibility, which drew criticism from a federal judge this week for the handling of... More »

In Stevens Case, Justice Was Served After All

Ruling in court of public opinion trumps court of law's dismissal

(Newser) - Ted Stevens and his lawyers were awfully indignant yesterday for a crew that had just won. “You’d think there would be jubilation,” said Stevens’ attorney. Instead, “it was revulsion, revulsion turned to anger,” Brendan Sullivan raged. Stevens himself lamented that “consequences…can never be... More »

Judge Nixes Stevens Conviction, Targets Feds

Vows prosecutors will face contempt charges

(Newser) - A Washington judge officially set aside Ted Stevens' conviction today, and vowed to pursue criminal contempt charges against the Justice Department prosecutors who bungled the case against the former senator, Politico reports. Emmet Sullivan berated prosecutors for withholding potentially crucial evidence: “In 25 years on the bench, I have... More »

Alaska GOP Calls for Senate Race Do-Over

Palin, party leader say Stevens would have won without felony raps

(Newser) - The head of Alaska's Republican Party is calling for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich to step down and clear the way for a new election now that felony misconduct charges have been dropped against former Sen. Ted Stevens, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Stevens would not have lost in November if... More »

Stevens Not Likely to Recover Legacy

Senator unlikely to restore reputation

(Newser) - Legally, Ted Stevens is off the hook. But it's unlikely he'll be able to regain his stature, or the Senate honors he might otherwise have been afforded, Laurie Kellman writes for the AP. His peers were notably restrained in response to yesterday's news that Justice is likely to void the... More »

Justice to Void Conviction of Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens

(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... More »

DOJ Pulls Prosecutors Off Stevens Case

Judge finds lawyers in contempt for withholding documents

(Newser) - The Justice Department has yanked the team that prosecuted Ted Stevens off any future action in the case, Politico reports, after the judge found four of the lawyers—including chief prosecutor Brenda Morris—in contempt. Morris and company raised the judge’s ire by withholding documents related to FBI agent... More »

Agent, Witness in Stevens Case Had a Fling, Defense Says

Ted's team wants new trial over secret-sharing

(Newser) - Lawyers for former Sen. Ted Stevens say the head FBI agent in his corruption case got a little too cozy with a key witness against Stevens, Politico reports. The defense lawyers cite an FBI whistleblower's memo that “strongly suggests that the inappropriate relationship” between the agent and an oilman... More »

Sen. Murkowski Asked Bush for Stevens Pardon

Friends say former senator would rather clear name through courts anyway

(Newser) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski asked President Bush to pardon former Alaska Republican colleague Ted Stevens, the Anchorage Daily News reports. But Stevens would rather fight his corruption conviction in court, friends say, because he felt a pardon would taint his legacy. Murkowski wrote that she did not want to see Stevens,... More »

FBI Agent Got Cozy With Sources in Stevens Probe

Agent wore skirt in court to please source; others gave her husband a job, painting of dog

(Newser) - New details emerged yesterday in an ethics complaint against an FBI investigator in the corruption probe that took down former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the Anchorage Daily News reports, including allegations the female agent wore a skirt in court to please a source. Mary Beth Kepner is also alleged to... More »

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