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Some Dispute FBI Agent’s Allegations of Government Misconduct in Sen. Stevens Case

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens before his defeat
Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens before his defeat

It’s hard to figure out what was more interesting: the trial or the post-trial with even juicier allegations of government wrongdoing.


By RICHARD MAUER and LISA DEMER
Anchorage Daily News

As the Justice Department prepares its official response to the FBI whistle-blower complaint that surfaced in the case of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, people with first-hand knowledge of some of its issues, including some named in the complaint, say it represents overblown concerns of an inexperienced agent.
The unusual complaint was brought by FBI agent Chad Joy, one of the key investigators in the five-year-old federal inquiry into corruption in Alaska politics. He accused the lead agent in the broad investigation and several prosecutors in the Stevens case of wrongdoing.
One former confidential source in the corruption investigation took issue with some of the facts alleged in the complaint by Joy. The source, Frank Prewitt, a former state corrections commissioner, said in an interview recently that he never observed FBI case agent Mary Beth Kepner, the chief target of the complaint, cross the line into improper or unethical conduct.
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Read Latest Gov. Motion That Includes Info on the Replacement of Prosecution Team  Filed 2-16-09

FBI Agent in Sen. Stevens Case Lodges Explosive Allegations Against Government

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – An FBI agent involved in the Sen. Ted Stevens public corruption case is accusing the government of “violations of policy, rules and procedures as well as possible criminal violations” that include disclosing names of grand jury witnesses during the investigation and altering a document that was later turned over to the defense.
In an explosive affidavit flush with blacked out names and passages of sensitive information, the unnamed agent accused an unnamed government investigator of becoming too close with witnesses and disclosing far too much information to people about the investigation. The accusations were filed  late Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington.
The agent has asked for whistle blower status.
Stevens’ attorney responded Monday by filing a motion asking that the indictment be dismissed or the judge order up a new trial. Stevens was convicted on public corruption charges shortly before the Nov. 4 election, which he lost.
“A whistle blower complaint submitted by a Special Agent with the FBI now confirms what the defense has long contended: the government cheated and lied in order to obtain a verdict against Senator Ted Stevens,” the motion said.
The FBI did not have an immediate comment last night.

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Read FBI Agent’s Statement

Read Stevens Motion To Dismiss

Witness Regrets Testifying (AP)

Fed Employee Accuses the Prosecution in Sen. Stevens Case of Misconduct

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

With this latest allegations, coupled with the judge chastising the prosecution on more than one occasion during trial, don’t be surprised to see the U.S. Court of Appeals call for a new trial. Then again, don’t be surprised to see President Bush pardon Stevens in the final days of his administration.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A federal employee with extensive knowledge of the investigation and corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has filed a whistle-blower complaint alleging that the government intentionally withheld evidence and committed other misconduct.
Among the accusations were that the government intentionally “schemed to relocate a witness” and that an employee working on the investigation accepted artwork and employment for a relative from a cooperating source, according to a legal ruling issued late last night by the federal judge who presided over Stevens’s trial.
The allegations echo long-running complaints raised by Stevens’s defense team. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan chastised prosecutors several times for their handling of evidence and witnesses.
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