Defense lawyers and clients routinely face this dilemma: Take a plea for leniency, or roll the dice with a jury. The Ted Stevens case was no different. Stevens was offered a deal before his July indictment to plead to one felony and stay out of prison but rejected it, according to a transcript of a bench conference that had been sealed until now. A law firm partner specializing in white-collar criminal defense work says if Stevens had taken a plea, none of the DOJ prosecutors' alleged abuses in the case would have come out.
Ted Stevens Rejected Plea Deal, Newly Released Records Show
April 14, 2009