WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice is planning to drop charges against Ted Stevens.
“In connection with the post-trial litigation in United States v. Theodore F. Stevens, the Department of Justice has conducted a review of the case, including an examination of the extent of the disclosures provided to the defendant,” attorney General Eric Holder said. “After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial. In light of this conclusion, and in consideration of the totality of the circumstances of this particular case, I have determined that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial.
“The Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility will conduct a thorough review of the prosecution of this matter,” Holder said. “This does not mean or imply that any determination has been made about the conduct of those attorneys who handled the investigation and trial of this case.
“The Department of Justice must always ensure that any case in which it is involved is handled fairly and consistent with its commitment to justice,” Holder said. “Under oftentimes trying conditions, the attorneys who serve in this Department live up to those principles on a daily basis. I am proud of them and of the work they do for the American people.”