POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ted Stevens Prosecution: Some Catharsis

For those following the debacle of former Senator Ted Stevens' prosecution, the big news today was that the head of the unit at the Justice Department who handled the case, stepped down, moving back to Massachusetts for "family reasons."

For those that diligently followed the Stevens' investigation this is something of a catharsis. There were a lot of things that went wrong with the government's case against Stevens. To refresh: there was a huge typo in the indictment; the Justice Department withholding of evidence in discovery (which led to it being excluded) and the affair the Justice staffer supposedly had with the government's key witness. And that's not even counting the other distractions in the trial, like the juror who skipped deliberations to head to a horse race in California.

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