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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 6, 2009 / 12 Nissan 5769

Justice terribly delayed: The sad case of Ted Stevens

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?" —Ray Donovan, secretary of labor in the Reagan administration, on being acquitted after he resigned from office and endured a nine-month trial on larceny and fraud charges.


Ted Stevens used to be an institution in Alaska, almost a feature of the natural landscape. Like the Klondike. The longest-serving Republican member of the U.S. Senate, he was that state's version of West Virginia's Robert Byrd or South Carolina's Ol' Strom — the powerful pol from whom all pork flowed.


Then came the fall from grace. Senator Stevens was tried and convicted of what boiled down to filing an erroneous financial disclosure form. The verdict came in just a week before Election Day last November, and, doubtless because of it, he lost his seat in the Senate — though even then the vote was close.


The methods used to convict him were more than dubious. The presiding judge called them "outrageous," and at one point he found the U.S. Justice Department in contempt.


At one point, on hearing about an FBI interview that the prosecutors had kept from the defense, His Honor Emmet G. Sullivan looked the lawyers from the Justice Department in the eye and asked the obvious question: "How does the court have confidence that the Public Integrity Section (of the Justice Department) has public integrity?" As it turned out, it didn't. The department had to replace the entire prosecutorial team in Ted Stevens' case before finally winning its case.


Last week it was revealed that the prosecutors had hidden another key piece of evidence from the defense. That settled the matter: The Justice Department itself asked the judge to throw out Ted Stevens' conviction and dismiss all charges against him. The new attorney general, Eric Holder, made that call — and raised his stock with doubters like me considerably.


Ted Stevens' response? It was a model of faith and restraint: "I always knew that the day would come when the cloud surrounding me would be removed. That day has finally come. It is unfortunate that an election was affected by proceedings now recognized as unfair. It was my great honor to serve the state of Alaska in the United States Senate for 40 years."


One of his lawyers was more explicit: "The jury verdict here was obtained unlawfully. The government violated the Constitution of the United States, federal criminal rules, and applicable case law in order to obtain this unlawful verdict. The misconduct of the prosecutors was stunning to me. Many prosecutors were involved and least one FBI agent. Not only did the government fail to provide evidence to the defense that the law required them to provide, but they created false testimony that they gave us and they actually presented false testimony in the courtroom."


The result of these tactics? The prosecution succeeded in framing a war hero (Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal), U.S. senator, and innocent man — for a time. Unfortunately, it was a time just before he was up for re-election. And his transient conviction was bound to have been the decisive factor in his electoral defeat.


Ted Stevens may have been cleared last week, but it was too late for real justice in his case. His conviction may be overturned, but there is no making up the wrong that was done him, or to recompense him for all he has lost — not just an election but his good name, not to mention the legal fees it took to clear it. His treatment gives new, vivid meaning to that tired legal phrase about pain-and-suffering.


Life, as you may have noticed, Gentle Reader, and as a president of the United States named John F. Kennedy once observed, is unfair. Just as Ted Stevens, the beneficent political boss, did a lot of people favors, he accepted favors, too. But they were favors, not bribes. At worst, he was guilty of bad judgment, but that's no crime. Not yet.


The unfairness of it all is bound to rankle the fair-minded. To quote the other Republican senator from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, on what befell her colleague in his old age: "I am deeply disturbed that the government can ruin a man's career and then say, 'Never mind.' There is nothing that will ever compensate for the loss of his reputation or leadership...."


The other senator from Alaska commented, too. I can't recall reading a more graceless statement than the one issued by Mark Begich, Democrat and chief political beneficiary of Ted Stevens' conviction last year: "I always said I didn't think Senator Stevens should serve time in jail, and hopefully this decision (to drop the case against him) ensures that is the case."


The relevant question, of course, isn't whether Ted Stevens should go to jail but whether an innocent man should have been convicted at all. Sen. Begich sidestepped that question and said only: "It's time for Sen. Stevens, his family and Alaskans to move on and put this behind us." In short, never mind.


No, thank you, senator. Some of us do mind, and we will not be still in the face of so gross an injustice.

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