Government paid nearly $1 million for Stevens report

Nearly $1 million was paid to the law firm that conducted a two-year investigation of the government’s bungled case against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

The news comes as Henry Schuelke III, who recently released a 525-page report on the botched Stevens case, readies to testify about his investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

According to Dick Carelli, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the government paid Schuelke’s law firm of Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler a total of $981,842.42 for services rendered and to reimburse him for expenses incurred from April 2009 to March 2012.

The final total was first reported by Main Justice and is based on a $200 per hour billing rate.

Schuelke’s report found that the attorneys prosecuting Stevens did not conduct a comprehensive review of the evidence against the senator, including their own interviews with witnesses.
“The investigation and prosecution of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens were permeated by the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence which would have independently corroborated Sen. Stevens’s defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness,” Schuelke’s report reads.

Attorney General Eric Holder and senators have been clamoring for the report to be made public. Top ranking lawmaker in the upper chamber have repeatedly told The Hill that the attorneys responsible for bungling the case should be fired and the Justice Department should publicly apologize to the Stevens family.