WASHINGTON A federal judge criticized the government's handling of the Ted Stevens corruption trial Tuesday as he considered whether to dismiss the conviction that ended the Alaska Republican's 40-year career in the U.S. Senate.

"In nearly 25 years on the bench, I've never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I've seen in this case," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in the opening moments of a hearing.
Of course, the damage is done. A normally safe Senate seat was lost by the GOP and the reputation of a long-serving US Senator is now forever tainted by gross prosecutorial misconduct. Shame, shame, shame.

The prosecutor should be investigated not only for his shameful behavior, but also for his political loyalties.