Report: Feds Won't Prosecute Ben Stevens
At this point there's no reason to believe that there will be any more Polar Pen indictments.
Ray Metcalfe, Stevens' longtime nemesis, said he's very disappointed by the lack of prosecution.
"To suggest they didn't have the evidence -- I've seen a lot of the evidence. And it looked pretty compelling to me."
But a jury will never get to decide whether Stevens broke the law.
The Department of Justice declined to confirm that a notice of non-prosecution was sent to Stevens.
When pressed, a DOJ spokeswoman in Washington, D.C, said she wouldn't object if Channel 11 did a story based on that premise.
Attempts to contact Stevens and his attorney were unsuccessful.
Also not responding to an inquiry was state Attorney General John Burns.
Republican Party of Alaska Chairman Randy Ruedrich declined comment.
Polar Pen is not quite over.
The government says it plans to retry Kott and Kohring, whose convictions were thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct.
Groh predicts that won't happen, although trial dates have been set for later this year.
Looking at the scorecard:
Ted Stevens' conviction was reversed and the original indictment thrown out.
Pete Kott and Vic Kohring had their convictions reversed and are awaiting new trials.
Jim Clark, who was chief of staff to former Governor Frank Murkowski, pleaded guilty but had that set aside when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the honest services fraud statute.
Bruce Weyhrauch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after that Supreme Court ruling, which decimated the prosecution's case against him.
Who really got nailed in Polar Pen?
That would be Tom Anderson.
He is finally out of federal custody this summer after being confined for three and a half years, first in an Oregon prison and then in a Seattle halfway house.
But Anderson was convicted in a scheme involving private prisons, and so his case wasn't tainted by the involvement of the Veco executives.
Former Senator John Cowdery was sentenced to several months of home confinement.
Former Representative Beverly Masek served a short prison term.
Bill Bobrick and Bill Weimar, who were convicted in the private prison scam, also are out of prison now.
And at this point there's no reason to believe that there will be any more Polar Pen indictments.