You’ll remember that last fall, during a heavily publicized reelection campaign, Stevens was found guilty of seven counts of lying on Senate disclosure forms and attempting to conceal more than $250,000 in gifts from his pals in the oil industry.
Steven alleged judicial and jury misconduct during the entire trial, and after his conviction vowed to appeal. He did. And yesterday that appeal paid off for Stevens when US Attorney General, Eric Holder, decided to “abandon” the case because federal prosecutors apparently withheld helpful evidence from the former Alaskan Senator’s lawyers.
Way to go, Justice Department.
Stevens had this to say about his abrupt vindication:
"I always knew that there would be a day when the cloud that surrounded me would be removed. That day has finally come. It is unfortunate that an election was affected by proceedings now recognized as unfair,"
Those of us here in The Great Land know Uncle Teddy isn’t the kind of guy to go quietly into the dark Alaskan night. But this morning he surprised even me when he filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Alaska alleging voter fraud and demanding that the recent senatorial election results be overturned and that he be reinstated as the US Senate’s longest serving Republican.
Alaska Governor Palin has not yet released a comment, but a spokesman for her office in Juneau said that the Governor had spoken to Stevens via phone and was reviewing the situation and that a reinstatement of Ted Stevens to the Democrat dominated US Senate would have to be carefully considered.
Alaskan Junior Senator, Mark Begich (D), could not be reached for comment.
US District Court Judge A. Foole, speaking from the steps in front of the 9th Circuit Court, said she had not seen the complaint but believed that Steven would have “a very good basis” for a possible reinstatement. She said she couldn’t comment further on an ongoing case and referred questions to Stevens’ legal representation, Steale & Lie.
Monday evening, workers at the Anchorage airport were seen re-installing the large “Ted Stevens International Airport” sign that had been removed following the Senator’s conviction last October. Calls to the airport Public relations office were met with a recording about volcanic ash fall closures and flight delays.
It’s going to be an interesting summer.
The April Fools joke here is that only part of this post is an April Fools joke. It's up to you to figure out which part.
Speaking of which, Christ is it really April already?