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Stevens Might Testify In His Own Defense

POSTED: 03:28 PM ET, 10/14/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the 84-year-old Republican lawmaker on trial for allegedly improperly accepting and concealing hundreds of thousands of gifts from a wealthy friend, might take the stand in his own defense, according to documents filed in connection with his three-week-old trial.

Stevens's name appears on a new witness list filed today, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); former Olympic swimmer-turned-broadcaster Donna de Varona; and University of Alaska administrator Martha A. Stewart.

Meanwhile, Stevens's wife, Catherine A. Stevens, has also been mentioned as a possible witness for both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Government prosecutors are seeking thousands of work e-mails between Catherine Stevens, a partner at the Washington law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, and her husband. Stevens's attorneys claim that the e-mails are irrelevant to the corruption case and that they violate spousal privilege, a legal rule that prevents the disclosure of private information.

A copy of the witness list filed by Sen. Ted Stevens's (R-Alaska) defense team today


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By Derek Kravitz |  October 14, 2008; 3:28 PM ET Hot Documents , Stevens Trial
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Absolutely! Get the sitting Sr. Senator from Alaska on the stand, under oath. Next, Rove and Cheney. Watch them squirm.

Posted by: thebob.bob | October 14, 2008 4:13 PM

Stevens knew he was getting gifts..how does one get$180,000 in home improvements, practically nothing billed, and then claim he thought he paid everything..oh and by the way...the fact that VESCO had the work done should also raise eyebrows...now he's playing naive...the senior, highly experienced, astute lawmaker...

He, like Larry "I got a wide stance" Criag must think the public idiots...


He's a crook plain and simple, regardless of his age, his status, etc. he should go to jail...

Posted by: JJH | October 14, 2008 4:14 PM

Times have not changed. Per Mr. Mark Twain:
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."

Posted by: David White | October 14, 2008 4:29 PM

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