Unfortunately this is not an April Fool's joke. The Justice Department will drop the seven felony counts of corruption and all charges against Ted Stevens, Alaska's formerly long-serving octogenarian anti-gay Republican senator, due to massive problems with the prosecution. ABC News reports Attorney General Eric Holder was reportedly "horrified" by the failure of prosecutors to turn over all relevant materials to the defense.
One of the key allegations is that prosecutors might have tried to make certain that a witness who would have been useful to the defense never testified. A whistleblower at the FBI supported the defense claim in a complaint filed in December.
Before losing office last year, the longest-serving Republican senator had a rabidly homophobic record. Stevens boasted of his 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign, opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and "voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006 and even opposed the Matthew Shepard Act in 2007."
In a statement this morning, AG Holder said it was in the best "interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial."