Mr. Stevens was often known to remark that he had a premonition that he would die in an airplane crash.
There is a sad irony here. On October 27, 2008 then Senator Stevens was convicted in Federal Court in Washington DC of seven counts of giving false statements and failing to properly reports gifts given to him by the VECO corporation. Stevens lost his bid for re-election eight days later.
In February 2009, FBI Agent Chad Joy filed a "whistleblower" lawsuit in which he alleged that federal prosecutors and FBI agents conspired to withhold exculpatory evidence from the Stevens defense team. Attorney General Eric Holder then authorized the filing of a motion to set aside the verdict against Mr. Stevens and dismiss the indictment with prejudice. The motion was granted by Judge Sullivan on April 7, 2009 and Stevens, who had been facing incarceration, was a free man. Judge Sullivan called the episode "the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct he had ever seen."
If the whistle blower suit had not been filed the verdict against Mr. Stevens would in all likelihood have stood. It is quite possible that the Judge would not have let Mr. Stevens remain free on bail pending appeal, and if that had occurred it is quite possible Mr. Stevens would not have been on that plane yesterday. Just a thought.