Two Justice Department prosecutors who are seeking to lift a contempt of court finding against them in connection with the botched prosecution of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will have their appeal heard on Oct. 17.
The appeal of Brenda K. Morris and William Welch II will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court issued an order on Wednesday scheduling the hearing before Judges Judith Rogers, Merrick Garland and Harry Edwards, according to Josh Gerstein’s report on Politico.
Judge Emmet Sullivan of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held the prosecutors in contempt for failing to turn over to the defense an FBI agent’s internal complaint about the handling of the Stevens case.
Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, was convicted in 2008 of lying to conceal gifts from an Alaska oil executive and other friends. He lost his Senate seat in that fall’s election. But in 2009, as problems in the handling of the case continued to crop up, Attorney General Eric Holder had the charges dismissed. Stevens, 86, was killed in a place crash last August.