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Stevens's Wife Claims Oversight of Renovations

POSTED: 07:00 PM ET, 10/16/2008 by Amanda Zamora

UPDATE (7 p.m.): Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) took the stand in his own defense against corruption charges today, bringing the nearly unprecedented criminal case full circle before closing arguments and jury deliberation begin.

Stevens was asked by his lawyer, Brendan V. Sullivan Jr., whether he thought his Senate financial disclosure forms were accurate when he signed them. He replied, "Yes, sir," The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reports.

Stevens answered "No, I did not" when Sullivan asked him whether he had intentionally tried to lie on the forms in questions.

On the stand, Stevens also went through his background, from his poor upbringing during the Great Depression, his service in the Air Force during World War II and his appointment as a U.S. Senator from Alaska in 1968.

His testimony ended after 20 minutes, when court broke for the day, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Stevens is expected to take the stand again tomorrow.


A courtroom sketch depicts Catherine Stevens, wife of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), being questioned by defense attorney Robert Cary as Judge Emmet G. Sullivan observes. (Dana Verkouteren / AP)

Catherine Stevens took the stand this morning in defense of her embattled husband, Sen. Ted Stevens, telling jurors she thought that two workers who performed key roles in the remodeling of their Girdwood, Alaska, home had been paid for by a residential contractor.

The two employees were actually on the payroll of Bill Allen, the former chief executive of VECO and a central figure in the federal government's corruption case against the Republican senator. Catherine Stevens testified this morning that she assumed the workers were being paid by Christensen Builders, a contractor she said she believed was "responsible for all of the renovations" on the project, The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reports.

Lawyers for Stevens, who is accused of concealing more than $250,000 in gifts related to the Girdwood renovations, have argued that the couple paid all of the bills they received, and that Allen withheld other bills. Furthermore, Catherine Stevens claimed that she oversaw the renovations, and described Allen as a friend who helped arrange, but not manage, the project.

Sen. Stevens is expected to take the stand in his own defense as early as this afternoon.

By Amanda Zamora |  October 16, 2008; 7:00 PM ET Stevens Trial
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The classic Alaskan tale of the husband throwing his wife from the sled....Real CLASSY TED!!!

Posted by: benighse | October 16, 2008 6:27 PM

Let's see.... I paid $160,000 for improvements and I got $250,000 in improvements, including a great deal on a $30,000.00 fish paperweight....and I get to throw my wife from the sled....because I claim I didn't even know it was happening. ....Isn't senility GREAT....I better go tell McCain about this neat little benefit to getting OLD!!

Posted by: benighse | October 16, 2008 6:47 PM

He's really being tried for petty theft when he is responsible for ripping millions from the taxpayers to funnel it to his buddies businesses in Alaska. He is the real "Bridge to Nowhere" man.

Posted by: El Mugroso | October 17, 2008 11:12 PM

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