HR 10: Expressing support for Senator Ted Stevens and severe displeasure and indignation with the federal government's deplorable investigation and prosecution of the Senator.
00 HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 10 01 Expressing support for Senator Ted Stevens and severe displeasure and indignation 02 with the federal government's deplorable investigation and prosecution of the Senator. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 04 WHEREAS United States Senator Ted Stevens' public service began with his military 05 service during World War II; and 06 WHEREAS Senator Stevens served the State of Alaska for over 50 years as a United 07 States Attorney, member of the Alaska House of Representatives and United States Senator; 08 and 09 WHEREAS Senator Stevens is the longest serving Republican and seventh longest 10 serving senator in the history of the United States; and 11 WHEREAS Alaska and its communities owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Stevens 12 for his tireless efforts on behalf of the state; and 13 WHEREAS the United States Department of Justice has moved "to set aside the 14 verdict and dismiss the indictment [against Senator Stevens] with prejudice"; and 15 WHEREAS the prosecutors in the case withheld information that should have been 16 provided to the defense during the trial; and
01 WHEREAS the Department of Justice's prosecution team was found in contempt of 02 court for wilfully failing to abide by the laws and procedures of the federal court; and 03 WHEREAS this prosecutorial misconduct influenced in myriad ways the 2008 04 election for the office held by Senator Stevens; and 05 WHEREAS, under 5 U.S.C. 1502(a)(1) (Hatch Act), a federal "employee may not use 06 his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of 07 an election"; and 08 WHEREAS it would be unreasonable to conclude that the timing of Senator Stevens' 09 indictment and ensuing trial would not have interfered with or affected the 2008 general 10 election; and 11 WHEREAS the dismissal of these charges does not restore Senator Stevens' 12 reputation and legacy or compensate Senator Stevens for his legal expenses and loss of future 13 income; and 14 WHEREAS the federal government cannot be sued without its permission, except as 15 provided under 28 U.S.C. 1348 (Federal Tort Claims Act); 16 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska House of Representatives demands that the 17 federal government grant Senator Stevens permission to sue the United States Department of 18 Justice for redress; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that federal employees involved with Senator Stevens' 20 prosecution be investigated for violations of the Hatch Act and, if found guilty, be subject to 21 penalty under the Act; and be it 22 FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Government should issue a formal 23 apology to Senator Stevens and the People of Alaska for this heinous miscarriage of justice. 24 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 25 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 26 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the 27 United States; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. 28 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 29 delegation in Congress.