Thursday, August 14, 2008

Stevens argues that it's who catches him that matters, not what he did

Essentially, that's what he's argued. From the Associated Press story by Matt Apuzzo (here reprinted in the Guardian UK):
Sen. Ted Stevens accused the Justice Department of trampling on the independence of Congress, arguing Thursday that the corruption case against him should be thrown out.

That legal argument will test the limits of a court ruling that prosecutors fear could limit their ability to investigate corruption on Capitol Hill. Stevens said FBI agents went too far when they questioned his Senate aides....Stevens said the FBI's long-running corruption probe intruded on his Senate affairs. He cited the Constitution's speech-or-debate clause, which prohibits the executive branch from using its law enforcement authority to interfere with legislative business.
And, apparently, he's confused his personal house expansion with "Senate affairs."

The branches of government need to be carefully balanced, I agree. But the Justice Department MUST be able to investigate wrongdoing. And I bet they've nailed him, but good, and the man knows his only way out of prison is to slither on out via technicality. I'm not so sure this particular technicality holds any weight, though.

Richard Fineberg's written an article for me this month on Uncle Ted and his stinky, stinky surroundings, from the SeaLife Center and a peculiar little land deal, to his good friend Bill Allen.

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