Murkowski Welcomes News on Prosecutorial Misconduct Report

Senator: Transparency Is Not Merely the Best Option, It is the Only Option”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the March 15th release of the investigation he ordered into prosecutorial misconduct during the trial of Senator Ted Stevens – a report that he said in November showed “systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence.” Senator Murkowski had the following reaction to the news:

“The legacy of the Stevens trial – not just in Alaska, but nationwide – has become bigger than one man; it’s become a national example of abuse of power and a double-standard for the Department of Justice,” said Murkowski. “I’m pleased that Judge Sullivan has decided that transparency is not merely the best option, but the only option if Americans are to regain the ironclad and fundamental trust in our justice system.”

Moving forward, Senator Murkowski and her staff plan on resuming discussions with the legal community this Friday to explore possible legislation to reform the laws dealing with how legal teams share evidence.