This editorial appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Prosecutors should have one goal when they agree to proceed with a case: justice. And they follow a well–established rule book in seeking that goal.
Breaking the rules taints the prosecution and is unacceptable, no matter who the defendant.
But breaking the rules in a blockbuster prosecution involving a sitting U.S. senator makes for high–profile embarrassment.
Missteps in the prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens led Attorney General Eric Holder to ask a judge Wednesday to dismiss all charges, even though a jury had voted for conviction on seven felony counts of ethics violations.
It was no joke – and no cause for laughter.
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