DOJ Internal Probe of Stevens Case
Results in Discipline of Two Prosecutors

May 29, 2012, 4:00 AM

The Justice Department has concluded a lengthy internal probe of misconduct in the 2008 criminal case against Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), concluding that two federal prosecutors acted negligently in withholding evidence they should have shared with Stevens’s defense lawyers, according to a report released late May 24.

The two DOJ attorneys, Joseph Bottoni and James Goeke, face disciplinary suspensions without pay of 40 days and 15 days, respectively, DOJ indicated.

The two disputed the findings of intentional misconduct, according the letters from their attorneys released with the DOJ report. They blamed the errors in the Stevens case on systemic problems ...

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