April 3, 2009 | Alaska's "Uncle Ted" Stevens, formerly known as Senator Uncle Ted, got a lovely parting gift, thanks to the Justice Department. They bungled the prosecution of his case so badly that Obama's new Attorney General Eric Holder had to ask that the charges against Stevens be dismissed in the interests of justice.
The Department of Justice was created to look after the interests of the United States under the law and "to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans" (US DOJ), but during the Bush era it got sidetracked to other matters.
I would have loved dearly seeing Uncle Ted, one of the meanest men on Capitol Hill, being walked into prison, but Holder did the right thing. To be a nation of laws means that you follow the laws always and apply them evenly. Disappointing as it is to see someone walk on "a technicality" (although failing to disclose exculpatory evidence is hardly a technicality), it is that same scrupulous adherence to the requirements of law that protects me and you from being treated unjustly.
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