The reputation of the U.S. Department of Justice took a big hit over the botched Stevens and Kohring cases involving prosecutor misconduct.
Department of "Justice?"
I was the target of unscrupulous prosecutors from the so-called U.S. "Justice" Department who were determined to convict a conservative lawmaker and long time chairman of the Alaska Legislature's Oil & Gas Committee, regardless of the
facts or evidence. From the day my office was raided by a swarm of armed FBI agents on August 31, 2006, I was harassed, bullied, threatened and my constitutional rights repeatedly denied. The prosecutors cheated by intentionally concealing over 6500 pages of evidence as determined by a criminal investigation, much of which was crucial to my case and would have likely cleared my name at my 2007 trial. The same prosecutors who shamefully attacked and
falsely convicted the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska were also assigned to me unlike all other defendants in "Polar Pen," committing the same egregious acts. The late Judge Betty Fletcher of San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which threw
out my erroneous convictions in 2011, found the prosecutors acts against me repugnant,
declaring "reprehensible," and that their flagrant prosecutorial misconduct represented egregious
violations of basic prosecutorial responsibilities. Compounding matters was the Alaska District Court judge assigned to my case, John Sedwick, who took sides with the government
and denied me my most fundamental constitutional rights including a fully open trial where all evidence and all witnesses are allowed as part of my defense. I learned after my trial that Judge Sedwick, a fat-salaried, life-time appointee, failed to disclose
serious conflicts of interest requiring that he remove himself from the case as mandated by federal law - primarily that his wife Deborah Sedwick and I were major political opponents over budget disputes involving millions of dollars in cuts I pushed
through as a budget subcommittee chairman which directly effected her, and secondly, that she lost her job as commissioner of the Department of Commerce (the highest paid position in the agency and member of Governor Tony Knowles cabinet) from House Bill 40,
which I authored. The combination of the prosecutors gross misconduct and Judge Sedwick's personal vendetta resulted in false convictions and a stunning 3-1/2 year prison sentence - centered around a ludicrous bribe allegation of accepting a perfectly
legal $100 gift (five, twenty dollar bills) from former friend and oil service company owner Bill Allen for an Easter egg hunt in 2006 for my 9-year old step-daughter, as shown on the "iconic" video tape.