Yesterday Duke School of Law professor James Coleman at Huffington Post began:
The United States has one of the best criminal justice systems on earth; in practice, however, there are two systems. One system, the one that tried former Senator Ted Stevens, seeks justice. The other system, the one to which the public is largely indifferent, is the one in which the kind of misconduct that freed Mr. Stevens is both common and tolerated.Professor Coleman overgeneralizes when he says the “system” that tried Stevens was seeking “justice.”
Parts of the “system” appear to have done that; but other system parts – the prosecutors – during both the pre-trial and trial periods were so malfeasant that the trial judge was forced to throw out the jury verdict of guilty on multiple counts.
Attorney general Holder now says the case is so tainted the government won’t seek a retrial.
Coleman has a good deal to say not only about the Stevens case, but also the Duke/Durham frame-up attempt.
I disagree with some of what Coleman says about the frame-up attempt, but that's for another day.
Liestoppers Meeting has the full text of Coleman’s post here followed by, as of 10:30 AM ET, an extremely well-informed, incisive string of comments