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 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.
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.
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.
October 2, 2008 |
Writing to an old friend in October 2002, Sen. Ted Stevens offered effusive praise -- and a caveat -- for work the friend was overseeing on Stevens' home in Alaska. "Thanks for the work on the chalet," Stevens wrote to the friend, oilman Bill J. Allen. "You owe me a bill -- remember Torricelli, my friend. Friendship is one thing. Compliance with the ethics rules entirely different." Stevens even ordered Allen to consult with a mutual friend about how to resolve the issue. "Don't get p.o.'
November 19, 2008 |
Ted Stevens, the powerful and irascible politician who became an institution in the U.S. Senate while helping to transform Alaska from a rough territory into a modern state, lost his bid for reelection Tuesday, bringing the Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof majority. An excruciatingly lengthy count of early and absentee ballots finally produced a definitive lead for Democratic challenger Mark Begich: 3,724 votes, with about 2,500 left to count.
October 18, 2008 |
A combative Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska sparred with a top Justice Department attorney Friday, exhibiting from the witness stand at his corruption trial the pugnacity that long has been his trademark on Capitol Hill. Grilled for 90 minutes by Brenda Morris in a pivotal moment in the case, Stevens ardently defended the way he handled disclosures of benefits he received from an oilman. In the process, he derided some of the questions posed to him.