Monday, March 9, 2009

What Is the Status and Likely Outcome of the Ted Stevens Post-Trial Litigation?

Anchorage--

I wrote a long post on the history and probable future of the Ted Stevens post-trial litigation that got eaten up in the computer, but the nickel version is that I predict that he will be sentenced, probably around July, and then the actual appeal will begin in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. There may well be fireworks at tomorrow’s status conference before the trial judge—one veteran Washington reporter told me this weekend that Judge Emmet Sullivan is so angry at the Department of Justice that it would not be surprising if the judge ordered the prosecutors to get down on the floor and do 50 pushups. Although the odds of the judge ordering a new trial or dismissing the case outright have certainly risen in the past four months, I do predict, however, that Judge Sullivan will ultimately do neither and will eventually sentence Ted Stevens.

Speaking of long, my one-hour interview will appear on C-SPAN this Sunday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Eastern and again at 11 p.m. Eastern. The interview will cover the Ted Stevens trial and the Alaska public corruption investigation.

1 comment:

Frank said...

Hopefully, the prosecutors will be sanctioned and the verdict will stand. Ted was guilty as hell. Ben should also be found guilty on his Sea Life and fisheries scams, aided and abetted by dad.