Steve Heimel and Libby Casey/APRN
Senator Ted Stevens conviction on charges of concealing gifts has been
reversed. In a Washington D.C. courtroom
this morning, Judge Emmett Sullivan called the prosecution misconduct in the
Stevens case, "the worst he'd ever seen," and granted a motion to
reverse the conviction and drop all charges against the former Senator.
told Sullivan his faith in the justice system is restored.
the courtroom after the ruling, Stevens and his three daughters hugged, and
spoke briefly with former staff members. He left the courthouse arm-in-arm with
his family, and paused for a smiling picture. Stevens ignored the waiting
microphones, but he did say he had a simple message for Alaskans:
them all I'm going to enjoy this wonderful day, that's all."
he got into a waiting van, Stevens said if he were his colleague Senator Robert
Byrd, he would say Hallelujah. The West
Virginian Democrat is known for his "halleluiahs" on the Senate floor.