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Special Prosecutor To Probe Stevens' Prosecutors

The hunters have become the hunted. Prosecutors who just months ago won a corruption conviction against former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, are themselves now the targets of a criminal investigation into charges of prosecutorial misconduct.

Although Stevens has since been defeated for re-election, on Tuesday the judge who presided over his trial, set aside the guilty verdict at the request of Attorney General Eric Holder. But Judge Emmett Sullivan went further. In a stunning and rare move, he appointed a special prosecutor to investigate charges of misconduct against the Stevens prosecution team.

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Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.