WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Justice Department has dropped its case against
former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a department source told CNN on Wednesday.
The 85-year-old Stevens was convicted in October on seven counts of lying
on mandatory financial disclosure forms.
Stevens hid “hundreds of thousands of dollars of freebies” he received
from an oil field services company and its CEO, said Assistant U.S. Attorney
General Matthew Friedrich. Many of the alleged free services were given as part
of the renovation of Stevens’ Alaska home.
Stevens maintained his innocence even after the conviction, and his
sentencing has been delayed amid charges by an FBI agent of prosecutorial
Stevens also lost the senatorial election last November to Democrat Mark
Begich — who had been the Anchorage mayor.
He had been appointed to the Senate on December 24, 1968, when his state
was less than 10 years old.