The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has asked to reverse the conviction of former Senator Ted Stevens.
Stevens had been convicted on seven felony counts of lying on financial disclosure forms in an effort to conceal hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and home renovations from a wealthy oil contractor.
After his conviction, Stevens lost his seat in the Senate in the November 2008 elections, a seat he had held since 1968.
This latest effort on the part of the Justice Department to reverse the conviction came about after department officials discovered prosecutors' notes from one of the witnesses against Stevens during his trial, Bill Allen.
Apparently, these notes showed that Allen did not recall talking to a specific person about giving a bill to Stevens, but at the trial, Allen testified that he had engaged in such a conversation.
These notes, according to trial rules, should have been provided to Stevens' defense team, but were not.
I have determined that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial, said Attorney General Eric Holder.
Meanwhile, Stevens released a statement after news of the Justice Department's decision came out, stating, 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.
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