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Stevens’ conviction set aside

A U.S. judge set aside the political corruption verdict that probably cost ex-Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens re-election and ordered an investigation into whether prosecutors' "shocking" conduct was criminal. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he had a duty to determine the "potential for obstruction of justice" by six federal prosecutors. The Justice Department abandoned the case after Attorney General Eric Holder discovered the prosecutors had withheld evidence that would have helped Stevens contest the charges he omitted $250,000 worth of gifts on his financial disclosure reports.

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