September 26, 2008 |
The corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens began Thursday with sharply divergent portraits of the long-serving Republican. In opening statements in the highly anticipated case, prosecutors accused Stevens of using his experience in the ways of Washington to "fly under the radar screen" and flout Senate rules requiring the disclosure of gifts and favors.
October 8, 1987 |
Robert H. Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was dealt an almost certainly fatal blow today as opposition spread to include a majority of the Senate. President Reagan said he would "support him all the way" but left room for Bork to withdraw. "He has a decision to make," Reagan said of Bork. "I have made mine. I will support him all the way." With the nomination headed for certain defeat on the Senate floor, Bork went to the Justice Department to confer with Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III.
October 8, 2008 |
Two years ago, when Sen. Ted Stevens had some plumbing work done on his house in Alaska, he got a little help from his friends. They paid the bill and then tried to make it disappear. "We don't need this thing floating around," Robert Persons, a restaurant owner in Alaska and longtime Stevens acquaintance said in a phone conversation recorded by the FBI in February 2006. "You tell that guy . . . if he has this bill in a file that he needs to get rid of it. OK?"
October 21, 2008 |
Testimony in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens concluded Monday, with a Justice Department attorney trying to undermine the credibility of the Alaska Republican by questioning why he didn't return items of value that friends had left at his homes in Washington and Alaska. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said closing arguments by the government and Stevens' lawyers would be heard today; Sullivan indicated that the federal jury would begin deliberations Wednesday.
October 22, 2008
Of all the testimony offered during the four-week corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), perhaps the most revealing came from Stevens himself when he took the stand in his own defense Monday. Justice Department attorney Brenda Morris was grilling him about a costly massage chair that had been in Stevens' Washington home for seven years, a chair given to him by a friend but never listed as a gift on the senator's financial disclosure forms.
October 7, 2008 |
Caught on tape discussing the burgeoning corruption probe against him two years ago, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was both combative and pragmatic, denying in sometimes coarse language that he and a friend had done anything wrong but also acknowledging that they might face fines or even prison. "You got to get a mental attitude that these guys can't really hurt us. They're not going to shoot us. It's not Iraq," the six-term Republican lawmaker said in a telephone conversation with oilman Bill J.
January 25, 2005 |
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has sold his lucrative interests in Alaska real estate investments with businessmen who had received government contracts or other benefits with his help. Last week, Stevens disclosed that he had sold the controversial investments over the last year. Stevens and his investments have been the subject of a fact-finding inquiry by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics that he requested following a Los Angeles Times investigation in late 2003.
October 3, 2008 |
The judge overseeing the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens blasted the prosecution Thursday for playing a game of "hide the ball" from the defense. But U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, though visibly angry, refused to grant a defense motion to throw out the charges against the Alaska Republican or declare a mistrial.
August 20, 2008 |
The motorcade that blew through the chilly morning recently turned more than a few heads in a city that's seen it all: a dozen full-throated Harley-Davidsons ridden by guys covered with black leather and tattoos, and an elderly U.S. senator bringing up the rear. Ted Stevens emerged from his car for a campaign rally to the sound of cheers from his supporters and a round of hearty handshakes from his burly motorcycle escorts. "We love him," said Michael Kane, leader of the local Harley club, before he and his men moved inside the packed campaign headquarters to empty the doughnut platters.
September 29, 2008 |
There is no shortage of reminders in Ted Stevens' hometown that the 84-year-old dean of Senate Republicans is running for reelection. Along the road in Girdwood, an oversize campaign sign stands in front of a shop selling candles carved from crude oil into the shapes of bears and otters. Posters are staked into lawns of cabins that dot the yellow birch-filled hillsides.