In a story that is apparently not an April Fool’s joke, the Washington Post reveals that the Justice Department has filed paperwork seeking to reverse the conviction of former Senator Ted Stevens:
The Justice Department filed court papers this morning asking a federal judge to toss out the conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges.
The move comes as a federal judge was preparing to conduct hearings to probe allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by the team that tried one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress. Stevens, 85, was convicted in October on seven counts of making false statements on financial disclosure forms to hide about $250,000 in gifts and free renovations to his Alaska home. Stevens’s attorneys have urged U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to drop the case and prevent prosecutors from seeking to retry the former senator, who lost a reelection bid about a week after his guilty verdict.
Stevens was convicted just before the election, and lost by fewer than 4000 votes.
There’s an old phrase: “Where do I go to get my reputation back?” More relevant here is this question: Where do we go to get our election back?