No charges recommended against Stevens prosecutors
“The court accepted the repeated representations of the subject prosecutors that they were familiar with their discovery obligations, were complying with those obligations and were proceeding in good faith.”
But the attorneys who blew their own case apparently won't face juries themselves.
Similar defects were found in the justice department's cases against former state lawmakers Pete Kott and Vic Kohring, who each had their convictions overturned, as did Stevens.
Kott and Kohring recently pled guilty to a single felony count each, and will serve no more jail time.
The link among the three cases is Bill Allen, former CEO of the former Veco Corporation, who pled guilty to bribing lawmakers.
Allen has been accused of sexual abuse of minors and soliciting prostitution, which was not made known to the juries who returned guilty verdicts against the politicians.
Deputy State Attorney General Rick Svobodny, who says the Department of Law spent considerable time and effort investigating whether Allen could be prosecuted under state law for the alleged sex crimes.
Svobodny says that based upon Anchorage Police Department files, there was a viable case against Allen for violating the federal Mann act, which prohibits transporting someone across state lines for illegal purposes.
According to Svobodny, the justice department refused to turn over its files on Allen’s alleged sexual misconduct, and further refused to grant state attorneys permission to bring charges.
Svobodny says there were impediments to bringing state charges against Allen, either for public corruption or for sexual encounters with teenage girls, who were older, according to Svobodny, than media accounts indicated.