As you may remember, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan held four lawyers in contempt this February for mishandling evidence in the Ted Stevens case. Those four lawyers were: Public Integrity Section Chief William Welch II; his deputy, Brenda Morris, lead prosecutor in the Stevens case; trial attorney Kevin Driscoll and Patricia Stemler, chief of the Criminal Division’s Appellate Section. A couple days later, we reported that Driscoll was removed from the contempt finding.
Now the BLT reports that Stemler has filed a motion before Judge James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claiming that her involvement in the events leading up to the contempt finding was minimal since all she did was help compile a pleading that accompanied the documents.
The motion states that:
Ms. Stemler is not aware of any contumacious conduct with regard to these documents… In any event, she was not part of ‘the team of attorneys responsible for’ the underlying collection, logging, and production of documents.
Stemler was represented by Howard Shapiro, a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.