Stevens Judge to Prosecutors: Reveal FBI Agent

Posted January 14, 2009 at 2:20pm

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Wednesday that federal prosecutors must reveal the identity of an FBI agent who filed a complaint alleging misconduct by investigators in the case against then-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Only minutes later, federal prosecutor Brenda Morris proceeded to unintentionally identify the agent in open court, rather than in court filings as expected.

Morris named “Agent Joy,” a reference to agent Chad Joy of the FBI’s office in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sullivan also approved a government request to unveil the names of other federal agents or employees named in the complaint. Prosecutors stated they had received permission to do so from all but one individual.

That complaint — penned by Joy, who helped build the government’s case against Stevens — asserts misconduct by federal employees dealing with witnesses and handling evidence.

A federal jury found Stevens guilty last fall on seven counts of filing false financial statements to conceal the receipt of more than $250,000 in gifts. Stevens, who has denied wrongdoing, was narrowly defeated in his re-election bid in November.

Stevens’ defense team has filed numerous motions seeking a new trial or the ex-Senator’s outright acquittal. Stevens has yet to be sentenced.