Justice Picking Up Tab For Stevens Six Defense

April 23, 2009 7:39 a.m.

Guess who’s footing the bill for those fancy lawyers the Stevens Six have hired? We are.

The Justice Department confirmed to TPMmuckraker that the prosecutors — who are being investigated for criminal contempt in connection to misconduct in the Ted Stevens case — requested representation under a DOJ provision that applies to employees who run into legal trouble while doing their jobs, and that the request was authorized.A we noted yesterday, Legal Times reported that four of the six prosecutors have hired prominent Washington lawyers — including Robert Luskin, who represents Karl Rove — and that the other two prosecutors are in talks with similar heavy hitters.

The prosecutors are being investigated for withholding evidence in the Stevens trial, which ultimately led to the charges against Stevens being dropped on appeal.

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