Notable and Quotable From Stevens Trial
Testimony in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has wrapped up, and closing statements and jury deliberation are scheduled for the next two days.
The three-week trial featured a number of star witnesses, including wealthy oil executive Bill Allen, Stevens's one-time friend; several character witnesses, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Sens. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); Stevens's wife, Catherine Stevens; and, of course, Stevens himself.
Here's a collection of the most memorable and notable quotes from the trial:
SEN. TED STEVENS
"I'm not going to get into a numbers game -- you tell me what year you're asking about."
"That's just an absolute lie."
"My bottom wasn't bare."
"He bought that chair as a gift, but I refused it as a gift. He put it there and said it was my chair. I told him I would not accept it as a gift. We have lots of things in our house that don't belong to us."
"VECO is not Bill Allen to me. Bill Allen is not VECO. You're the one bringing VECO in here. Bill Allen is my friend."
"The worst that can happen to us is we run up a bunch of legal fees, and might lose and we might have to pay a fine, might have to serve some time in jail. I hope to Christ it never gets to that...I don't think we have done anything wrong."
"No. That's crazy."
"If he gives you his word, he'll keep it. He's totally honest."
"He was someone whose word you could rely on. As we say in the infantry, this is a guy you take on a long patrol."
"I can assure you his word is good enough to take to the bank."
"The evidence will demonstrate that you are dealing here with a man who is honest and would not have intentionally violated the law."
"This is a criminal case with a career on the line here. The government has responsibilities. Time and time again, they have not lived up to them. Enough is enough."
"When it comes to things around the tepee, the wife controls."
"I was shocked. I knew I was in a bind because I knew I couldn't really do anything."
"I was concerned that the senator wasn't getting billed for some of that stuff, and I was concerned something like this might happen."
"We really liked each other. Ted loved Alaska, and I loved Alaska. We liked to go fishing."
"You were the lion of the Senate, and yet you didn't know how to stop a man from putting big-ticket items in your home?"
"We reach for the Yellow Pages. He reached for Veco."
"This is a case about a public official who took hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of free financial benefits and then took away the public's right to know the information."
"Something smells here."
"He's fortunate he went out that door and not the back door with the marshals."
By Derek Kravitz |
October 21, 2008; 7:30 AM ET
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