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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:11 PM

Alaska political corruption probe produced 67 banker boxes of seized evidence. Should it be public?

The criminal case against the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is long over but both sides are urging a federal judge to keep 67 banker boxes of seized evidence the sum total collected in a long-running Alaska political corruption investigation secret forever.

The materials amount to roughly 122,000 pages. Much of the evidence is private in nature and should not be released, according to a new joint court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice and a lawyer for Stevens' defense.

The elected officials targeted in the investigation are either out of office or dead. Some are ex-convicts.

Still, a number of documents seized in 2006 came from the legislative office and home of then-Senate President Ben Stevens, the son of the late senator and a Republican who is considering a run for governor. Ben Stevens was never charged with a crime. Messages left for him Thursday were not returned.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2017/09/14/alaska-political-corruption-probe-produced-67-banker-boxes-of-seized-evidence-should-it-be-public/

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