WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The judge in former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption case says now he does not need answers about the handling of an FBI whistle-blower's complaint.
Instead, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section to provide him and Stevens' lawyers with all its communications related to the agent's complaint, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.
The newspaper said the communications will be sealed. They are due Jan. 29.
In his whistle-blower complaint, FBI agent Chad Joy alleged, among other things, that prosecutors knowingly withheld evidence that Stevens was entitled to see.
On Saturday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals stayed an order by the judge that former Attorney General Michael Mukasey or a top deputy answer questions about the handling of Joy's complaint.
Stevens, the former Alaska senator, was convicted Oct. 27 of seven felony charges of failing to disclose gifts and services he received from 2000 to 2006.