The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday morning, April 19, regarding the special counsel's report on prosecutorial misconduct in the Ted Stevens case. The hearing is set to start at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
The lawyer who led the elite federal government unit in charge of the Ted Stevens investigation and prosecution has told friends he is leaving. Carrie Johnson of NPR reports that William Welch, who served as chief of the Public Integrity Section from 2007 to 2009, is departing the Justice Department in a move he is apparently characterizing as a retirement. The special counsel's report airs criticism of Welch for management failures in the handling of the Stevens case, although co-investigators Henry Schuelke and William Shields did not accuse Welch of intentionally withholding discovery.