Special Prosecutor in Stevens Case Wins Important Ruling

Clarice Feldman
The Anchorage Daily News reports some information in the ongoing investigation of the prosecution team that destroyed Alaska Senator Stevens' political career:

A special prosecutor in Washington, D.C., was granted authority Tuesday to compel testimony from the Justice Department team that took Sen. Ted Stevens to trial. He was also authorized to subpoena the former lead FBI agent in the Alaska corruption investigation and key witness Bill Allen and his attorney.

The subpoena authority was approved by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens' trial last year. When the Stevens case fell apart over charges of prosecutorial misconduct, Sullivan appointed the special prosecutor, Henry Schuelke III, to investigate the prosecutors for criminal contempt.

The matter is also being investigated by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which is cooperating with Schuelke. The Justice Department investigation is expected to run at least into the fall.

Allen was the key witness in the case, a man whose testimony was markedly different when first interviewed by the prosecution than when he took the stand -- a fact the prosecution unlawfully hid from the court and Stevens. His counsel was accused of telegraphing answers to him during his trial testimony.
The Anchorage Daily News reports some information in the ongoing investigation of the prosecution team that destroyed Alaska Senator Stevens' political career:

A special prosecutor in Washington, D.C., was granted authority Tuesday to compel testimony from the Justice Department team that took Sen. Ted Stevens to trial. He was also authorized to subpoena the former lead FBI agent in the Alaska corruption investigation and key witness Bill Allen and his attorney.

The subpoena authority was approved by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens' trial last year. When the Stevens case fell apart over charges of prosecutorial misconduct, Sullivan appointed the special prosecutor, Henry Schuelke III, to investigate the prosecutors for criminal contempt.

The matter is also being investigated by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which is cooperating with Schuelke. The Justice Department investigation is expected to run at least into the fall.

Allen was the key witness in the case, a man whose testimony was markedly different when first interviewed by the prosecution than when he took the stand -- a fact the prosecution unlawfully hid from the court and Stevens. His counsel was accused of telegraphing answers to him during his trial testimony.