Misconduct in Ted Stevens Case Chills Other Justice Department Probes

The public integrity unit is now looking at “sure cases,” one insider says.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The U.S. attorney general's rejection of former Sen. Ted Stevens's misconduct conviction seems to have put a chill on other ongoing probes by the Justice Department's public integrity unit. Sources report that the long tentacles of the Abramoff lobbying investigation have pulled back, as have those in other similar cases. "They only want to prosecute sure cases, not go off on a wild goose chase," says an insider.

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