Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I Spoke Too Soon

[According to this report on YouTube, Ted Stevens' infamous "Bridge To Nowhere" was going to go here. Screenshot by Cujo359.]

It looks like I spoke too soon when I wrote this:

It looks like taxpayers will finally get some revenge for the bridge to nowhere. Even in Washington, it's sometimes possible to be too stupid or too greedy. Senator Stevens has apparently reached that boundary.

Apparently, There Is Such A Thing As Being Too Greedy

Today, TPM Muckraker reports:

The judge in the Ted Stevens case has granted the government's motion to drop the charges against the former Alaska senator -- but not before slamming the government prosecutors on the case.

"In nearly 25 years on the bench, I've never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I've seen in this case," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said at a hearing on the government's motion, reports the Associated Press.

Dismissing Charges, Stevens Judge Slams Government Misconduct

Among other things, the prosecutors are accused of not providing potential exculpatory evidence to Stevens' defense. New Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to drop this case was, in light of the sort of criticism Judge Sullivan leveled at the prosecution, fully warranted.

Sadly, Stevens will go free, but at least he won't be talking nonsense in the Senate anymore.

UPDATE: Christy Hardin Smith reports at FireDogLake that Judge Sullivan has started legal proceedings against the prosecutors in the Stevens case:

An outside appointment of an independent prosecutor under these circumstances where conflict of interest is raised is not uncommon, but from what I've heard it was not announced prior to today's proceedings which is a little unusual. That says the Judge was pissed by whatever was in documents he ordered DOJ to turnover regarding further misconduct allegations that Holder found so objectionable when he issued his indictment dismissal.

Restoring Integrity To Justice

As Christy goes on to mention, the DoJ has had its reputation damaged considerably by the excesses of the last Administration. The rebuilding process will be long and will probably involve more actions like this.


One Fly said...

I think/hope that people are finally saying no to this insane logic that comes from the minds of the right.

Cujo359 said...

The GOP seem to have lost the middle these days, at least on issues like this. How long that will continue, and how emphatic that feeling continues, is anyone's guess.

Dana Hunter said...

Considering I haven't seen a single whiff of sanity from the right lately, I do believe it's going to take a loooonnnnngggg time.

Almost as long as it'll take to kick the DOJ back into shape.

Cujo359 said...

What the right does is one thing that will determine that length of time. The others are: what happens in the meantime, and how the Democrats respond to it. As long as the latter is somewhat in keeping with the former, then the time will probably be long.