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Stevens case prosecutor leaving Justice Department

Former head of Justice Dept unit that bungled prosecution of Sen. Stevens leaving government By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The prosecutor who headed the Justice Department unit that bungled the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens is leaving the government.

In court papers filed in a case in Virginia, the department says Welch is departing for a job in the private sector.

Recently, Welch has overseen efforts to crack down on officials who leak government secrets. He stepped down as chief of the public integrity section in 2009 amid the controversy over the botched Stevens prosecution. A court-ordered investigation of that case concluded that prosecutors failed to turn over to Steven's lawyers some information they had that was favorable to the defense.

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