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Jury Selection

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The trial of Ted Stevens began today as the Senator stood and faced a pool of 184 potential jurors.  Opening arguments may begin as early as Wednesday, and a verdict is expected before the November elections.

The Anchorage Daily News story is here.

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The Week That Was: The Senator & The Schlub

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Sen. Ted Stevens was presumably campaigning in Alaska Wednesday while his lawyer, Brendan Sullivan was in a courtroom In Washington trying to persuade Judge Emmet Sullivan to move the Senator’s trial to his home state so that he could campaign nights and weekends. The Judge denied the request.

The story in the Anchorage Daily News is here.

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And in local news: Erik Collins got the maximum sentence the judge could give him in an attempted murder for hire.  Collins had tried on two occasions to arrange the murder of his on again off again boyfriend after taking out insurance policies on him. To make it all a little more miserable he was previously convicted of manslaughter of another lover.

NBC4 story here.

 

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“Where’s my goddam money?”

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Congressman William Jefferson took the stand yesterday and testified about the manner with which FBI agents interviewed him and searched his home early one morning in 2005 while his wife and daughter slept. He described a trip to the bathroom accompanied by an agent, “I said are you going to watch me pee and he said ‘yes.’” Referring to the $100,000. cash that Jefferson received from a government informant, $90,000. of which was later recovered from the freezer in his Capitol Hill home, he said an FBI agent yelled  at him “where’s my goddam money?”

Times-Picayune story here.

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Sen. Craig’s lawyers try to withdraw guilty plea

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In a suburban Minneapolis courtroom yesterday attorneys for Sen. Larry Craig sought to withdraw his disorderly conduct plea resulting from his arrest at an airport restroom where he reportedly solicited a sexual encounter through a series of foot-tapping and hand-swiping signals.

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One of Craig’s attorneys, Billy Martin, argued that the senator’s actions were merely “innocuous” behavior, but Judge Charles A. Porter seemed skeptical and said that he would have a decision by the end of next week.

NYT story here.

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Another Abramoff defendant sentenced

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Neil Volz, a former aide to convicted congressman Bob Ney who went on to work for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was yesterday sentenced by Judge Ellen Huvelle to two years probation. He received leniency for his cooperation with the government in their prosecution of Ney and others.

The sketch below shows Volz testifying at the trial of former GSA chief David Safavian about the infamous St. Andrews golf trip.

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Washington Post story here.

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