Stevens Trial: Judge Excludes Prosecution Evidence Known to be False
The prosecution in the trial of Senator Stevens took a sever blow when Judge Sullivan excluded categorical evidence because the evidence contained known falsities. The prosecution had sought to introduce billing records regarding the house. The problem?: Almost $20,000 in billings from Veco were from a worker who wasn't even in Alaska at the time the work was supposedly performed. The Prosecution was aware that the billing records were false, but presented them anyhow.
Not that it was all a bad day for the prosecution. The defense, in rebutting allegations that a Land Rover given to Senator Stevens cost less than the $44,000 , attempted to suggest that the cost of the Land Rover was worth less than that, was promptly spanked when the prosecution confronted the purchaser of the Land Rover with the check he wrote for the vehicle.
The amount of the check: $44,300.
The prosecution here is making a LOT of mistakes, which seem to be jeopardizing the conviction's chance on appeal. This is looking more and more like something that will be overturned on appeal and be forced to a retrial.