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By Dana Milbank
Friday, September 26, 2008; Page A03

Sen. Ted Stevens, his career and his

freedom in jeopardy, did the honorable
thing as he went on trial yesterday on
corruption-related charges. He blamed
his wife.

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The 84-year-old senator left his lawyers the unenviable task

of explaining away all the goodies he took but didn't report.
"He didn't want these things," Sullivan said of the gifts. The
tool cabinet? "He wanted it out of there." The furniture?
"Used! Big cigarette hole in it." The garage? "It snows six
feet a year." The $20,000 worth of Christmas lights? "I
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Actually, all he had to do was report them to the Senate on his disclosure forms. But instead,
Stevens, caught up in a sprawling Alaska corruption scandal, sat scowling and grumbling in the
defendant's chair yesterday as he listened to opening arguments that, in a way, echoed the class-
warfare themes of the campaign trail. Prosecutor Brenda Morris portrayed Stevens as a man of
privileged tastes foreign to the 16 jurors. In response, Sullivan, counsel to Ollie North and Henry
Cisneros, portrayed the former Senate president pro tempore as the very model of the average guy.

"The defendant is a career politician; he has been a United States senator for 40 years," Morris told
the jurors. "You do not survive politics in this town for that long without . . . knowing how to fly
under the radar."

"Excuse me!" Sullivan, leaping to his feet, complained to the judge, who ignored the objection.

Morris spoke to the jurors, 10 of whom are women, as if chatting with girlfriends. Stevens "denied
the public its right to know," she said, "so he could keep the flow of benies coming." The
renovation was expensive, she taunted, "but, hey, the cost is always good when the price is free."
She had contempt for Stevens's "expensive massage chair from Brookstone -- you know, that
gadget store you see in all the malls." She ridiculed the free services done for him by Veco, the
pipeline company: "We reach for the Yellow Pages -- he reached for Veco."
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Morris deplored his "sheer extravagance," his "house near Georgetown," his "racehorse
partnership" and the Alaska home Stevens unwisely called his chalet. "The chalet was
transformed," Morris exulted. "The hammers were swingin' at the chalet."

For the occasion, Stevens left his Incredible Hulk necktie at home in favor of a somber blue
number, and he traded his usual orthopedic sneakers for traditional black shoes. Using a court-
provided hearing device and sticking out his lower lip in a perma-scowl, he muttered a protest
when the prosecutor spoke of his failure to pay for the renovations, grumbled when she mentioned
all the add-ons at his home, and tossed his pen down when she mentioned the Land Rover he got
in a sweetheart vehicle swap.

With some difficulty, Sullivan tried to portray his client, and himself, as humble commoners,
giving aw-shucks accounting of the "strange story about the remodel" that landed Stevens in court.
"I'm not used to wearing a microphone," the superlawyer said sheepishly as he began his
argument. And Stevens, though representing "pretty far away" Alaska, "lives here with us in the
District of Columbia because he works up on Capitol Hill."

"You won't find him at the art gallery" on days off, Sullivan assured the jurors. "He'll put on boots
and go out in the woods." Sullivan even tried the creative argument that his client sided with labor
unions over big oil. "To heck with them!" Sullivan recalled the former Senate Commerce
Committee chairman saying of his beloved energy companies.

Sullivan also said he would call to the witness stand "some people you will recognize," specifically
mentioning Daniel Inouye, Orrin Hatch and the ailing Ted Kennedy. But that doesn't mean the
defendant isn't an ordinary guy. "Those are the people he lives with," Sullivan said.

Another person Stevens lives with came in for rougher treatment. Catherine, his wife, was the one
supposed to "keep track" of paying for the home renovation, Sullivan said. She took a "more
substantive" role in the project. The scope of the work expanded when "the wife came in."
Catherine "ran the financial part of the renovations," and the bills "were sent basically to

And how about Uncle Ted? "The workhorse of the Senate," Sullivan said. "You don't get a title
like that unless you're at the job every moment." Or at least every moment when you're not
throwing your wife under the bus.

Staff writer Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this report.

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A Dual Fight for Stevens

Senator's Trial Begins Monday as He Campaigns to Keep Seat
By Del Quentin Wilber and Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, September 21, 2008; A04

Embattled Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska goes on trial tomorrow in a historic public corruption case, bucking conventional legal wisdom in the hope of winning acquittal in time to be
reelected to a seventh full term.

The first sitting senator to face a federal trial in more than two decades, Stevens, an 84-year-old Republican icon of both the Senate and his home state, was indicted eight weeks ago
on charges that he failed to disclose lavish gifts he received from executives of an oil services company. If convicted, Stevens could face prison time, his 40-year Senate career
would meet an ignominious end, and Republicans would probably lose a normally reliable Senate seat.

While battling prosecutors in what is expected to be a month-long trial, Stevens also will be running an uphill reelection campaign from the same Washington courthouse -- 3,500
miles from Anchorage. He may have to debate his Democratic opponent well after midnight by teleconference and make arduous red-eye flights to attend weekend campaign events.

It's a risky strategy but perhaps the only one that could result in his reelection, analysts say.

"We have an Alaska Senate race that's about to be decided by 12 residents of the District of Columbia," said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
"If he's acquitted, he goes home, and it becomes more of a victory lap than a campaign."

Prosecutors have said their case is simple. In a 28-page indictment and other court filings, the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section alleges that Stevens repeatedly lied on
Senate financial disclosure forms about gifts and $250,000 in home renovations he received from executives of the now-defunct oil services company Veco.

Prosecutors say Stevens never attempted to pay Bill Allen, Veco's chief executive, for the cost of the renovations or other gifts. Allen pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy
charges in a long-running federal investigation of corruption in Alaska's government, and he has provided critical testimony that already has helped convict two Alaska state

In hearings and court filings, prosecutors allege that Veco, Allen or friends gave Stevens a Viking grill, a discounted Land Rover, a $29,000 bronze statue of a fish, a $2,700 vibrating
massage chair, a $3,200 stained-glass window and a sled dog -- none of which the senator reported.

Those gifts were in addition to extensive renovations to Stevens's Girdwood, Alaska, home by Veco employees and contractors, who installed a wrap-around deck and raised the
home on stilts to add a new floor, prosecutors allege. They say Stevens interacted with the workers, discussed the project with Allen and suggested improvements to the renovation

In exchange, the government says, Stevens helped or promised to help Veco on various matters, including prodding officials to build a natural gas pipeline in Alaska and requesting
that the World Bank get involved in a dispute between Veco and Pakistan over delays in a project. At the time, Stevens chaired two of the most powerful committees on Capitol Hill,
the Senate's Appropriations and Commerce panels.

Prosecutors have described those favors as Stevens's motive for lying on the disclosure forms. "He knows someone is going to look at that and say, 'Wait a second, he's getting stuff
from Veco and Allen and he wrote a letter on their behalf,' " prosecutor Joseph Bottini said at a recent hearing.

But prosecutors stopped short of charging Stevens with corruption. By limiting the charges to failing to report gifts, some legal experts said, the prosecution can introduce Stevens's
alleged favors as context and motive, not a required element of the crime.

"The case is devastating in its simplicity," said Victoria Toensing, a former top Justice Department official who is now a criminal defense lawyer.

Stevens's lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, does not speak to the media about ongoing cases and did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Several criminal defense lawyers and former prosecutors said Stevens's defense has several ways to counter the charges. His lawyers are likely to argue that he never tried to hide his
friendship with Allen. The senator is well known for his ability to obtain federal funds for Alaska, and the things he did for Veco benefited other companies and Alaska residents,
the lawyers are expected to tell jurors.

"Stevens's lawyers are going to argue that if the government had a case where prosecutors thought Senator Stevens had done something wrong, they would have charged him with
bribery," said Steven Tabackman, a criminal defense lawyer. "Instead, they will argue that the government is trying to back-door this by saying he didn't put these things in his
disclosure forms."

Tabackman said he would be surprised if defense lawyers didn't try to introduce evidence that aides, not Stevens, filled out the forms.

Some criminal defense lawyers criticized Stevens's rush to trial, saying it is better for defendants to delay as long as possible. Memories are more likely to fade, and witnesses can get
in trouble or even die, they said. But others said the early trial date was a brilliant tactic that put the government in the unexpected position of having to hurry to prepare.

But the senator didn't ask for the early trial date just to pressure prosecutors. He also is fighting for his political life. Even before his indictment, he faced a tough race against
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, who is ahead in recent polls.

Stevens is embarking on an unprecedented political effort in the modern era of multimillion-dollar campaigns. From Monday through Friday in the final weeks of his bid, he will be
a continent away from his home base outside Anchorage.

On some weekends his aides will have to weigh the physical toll of putting Stevens on a Friday night flight for about eight hours to the Alaska airport that bears his name, so he can
spend the weekend campaigning before returning on a red-eye flight to appear here at trial on Monday morning.

Begich's campaign, which is hoping for about five debates with Stevens, expects that some will involve the senator appearing via teleconference on weeknights. If local television
hopes to broadcast those debates live in prime time in Alaska, the four-hour time difference would require Stevens to appear near midnight in Washington.

Stevens has yet to agree to any specific debates, and some observers question whether he can afford to do so without reinforcing his legal predicament in voters' minds.

While Begich runs ads about his positions on issues, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Alaska Democratic Party have pounded away at Stevens. A DSCC ad
began airing last week accusing him of steering more than $100 million in earmarked funds to lobbying clients of his son Ben Stevens, a former state senator who has been accused
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in court documents of accepting consulting payments from Veco in exchange for legislative favors.

But the coordinators of the anti-Stevens effort are careful that the past service of a man who helped Alaska enter the union and went on to be named "Alaskan of the Century" is not
dismissed. Rather, the focus is on his most recent years in the Senate. "He's no longer the same person we sent there 40 years ago," said Bethany Lesser, spokeswoman for the state
Democratic Party.

Despite his legal woes, Stevens, who remains a senior member of the Appropriations and Commerce committees, has raised $4 million in campaign funds. National Republicans
appear to be gearing up to defend him. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has paid for staff members to follow Begich to public events with video equipment, usually a
sign of a TV advertising campaign to come.

There is even the prospect of Stevens winning reelection despite a conviction. William Canfield, an ethics lawyer who has advised the senator for more than two decades, said he
might win if he is convicted of only one or two of the seven counts against him. If that were to happen, Stevens could resign, or the Senate ethics committee would have to consider
expelling him.

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"You do not survive politics in this town for that long without being very, very smart, very, very
deliberate, very forceful and, at the same time, knowing how to fly under the radar," Morris said in
her opening statement.

At the heart of the case is a complicated 2000 home remodeling project in which Stevens' small
chalet in the woods outside Anchorage was jacked up on stilts and a new first-floor was built. Rather
than hiring a home contractor, Stevens relied on Allen, the chairman of oil services firm VECO
Corp., to manage the project, hire the carpenters and review the bills.

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Amid Presidential Scuffle home project that was to make room for visits by his 11 grandchildren. He described Allen regularly
going overboard with his giving, and at one point pressuring a local contractor to "eat" a $19,000 bill
rather than send it to Stevens.

A potential witness in the case, Catherine Stevens was not in court Thursday.

Just as Stevens relied on Allen for favors, prosecutors say Allen tapped the senator for help
winning government grants and navigating Washington's bureaucracy. Citing Stevens' reputation for
steering money and business to Alaska, Sullivan embraced the suggestion.

"If you hear evidence that he assisted Bill Allen or VECO in any way so those 4,000 employees
could continue to work, they're right," Sullivan said. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. He's
proud of it. Bring it on."

As for the grill, rope lighting and other unreported gifts including a sled dog, Sullivan said Stevens
"didn't want these things, he didn't need these things and he didn't ask for these things."

The lawyer also cited e-mails he claimed would show that the senator had no intent to deceive the
public. One to Allen read in part: "Thanks for the work. You owe me a bill."

The trial's first witness, a VECO project manager who met with Stevens about the home project and
prepared the plans, testified that he received a note from the senator saying, "Under Senate rules, I
must pay you for what you've done."
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The manager testified that he instructed Stevens to pay VECO. But prosecutors say the senator
never covered the $3,000 job.

Another VECO worker testified that he was dispatched by Allen to the Stevens cabin to shovel
snow and install a $6,000 backup generator while the senator was away. On cross-examination, he
said his boss was "very generous" with many people.

Allen has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska lawmakers and is the government's star witness against
Stevens. He is expected to testify soon but was not due to take the stand Friday.


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trial so he'd have the opportunity to clear his name before then.

Prosecutors explained sending Williams home to the judge and the defense in hushed tones in a
morning conference at the bench. No information was made public aside from a reference in the
defense motion that Williams suffered from a serious cough and had health issues.

Whatever it was, the judge was openly skeptical, suggesting the government might have decided
that Williams, who has been voluntarily cooperating with the FBI for more than a year, might not
help its case.

"I find it very, very disturbing that this has happened, and concerned about the appearance of
propriety, or impropriety," Sullivan said. He stopped short of accusing prosecutors of misconduct or
a lapse in ethics, but threatened sanctions.

"After all, this is the search for the truth and people ought not to forget about that," said Sullivan,
who asked lawyers to give him a sworn declaration of what had happened under penalty of perjury.
"This is a serious one; we're all officers of the court."


Despite all the talk and court filings, Williams appeared to be able to contradict only one piece of
evidence presented so far.

On Friday, Veco accounts manager Cheryl Boomershine submitted a report that the 2000-2001
renovations amounted to a $188,929 gift by Veco to Stevens. Among her backup documents
submitted for jury consideration were timecards from Williams showing he worked as much as 60
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If you were reading Dealbook's early coverage of the Delaware Chancery Court showdown between Hexion Specialty Chemicals and Huntsman, you might have concluded--as we
confess we did--that Huntsman's lawyers from Vinson & Elkins were being schooled by Hexion's high-powered Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz team. The case, as you'll recall, was
about Hexion's attempt to get out of the multibillion deal it signed with Huntsman back in July 2007, before the credit markets froze up. In the first days of the trial, the New York
Times's Deal Professor wrote that he had been "underwhelmed" by the performance of V&E senior statesman Harry Reasoner. And when Vinson & Elkins partner David Harvin
concluded his cross-examination of Hexion CEO Craig Morrison, the Deal Professor (aka Steven Davidoff, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law) wrote that,
on the whole, the Hexion CEO "got the better" of Harvin.

Ahem. You know that old saying about he who laughs last?

As we all know, trials are not decided by bloggers. And in fairness to the Deal Professor, he eventually predicted that Huntsman would win the case. On that point, he was absolutely
right: Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb ruled on Monday that Hexion must fulfill its obligations to V&E's client. Lamb's 89-page opinion was pretty much all that V&E and Huntsman
could have hoped for. He concluded that Hexion had knowingly and intentionally violated the terms of the merger agreement, exposing Hexion to potential damages far in excess of
the deal's $325 million breakup fee if the merger doesn't go through. We should note that Lamb cited the very testimony that Dealbook originally dismissed: Harvin's cross-
examination of Hexion CEO Morrison.

And so we've chose Harvin, who was Huntsman's lead trial lawyer, as our Litigator of the Week. When we spoke to the 63-year-old Houstonian yesterday, he was quick to heap
praise on his team, including Reasoner, James Reeder, John Taurman, and Michael Holmes. Harvin told us that he thought Vice Chancellor Lamb was most impressed by
Huntsman's evidence that Hexion and its investors at Apollo had schemed to create a situation that would keep the deal from closing. In particular, Harvin said, Lamb seemed to be
swayed by Hexion's engagement of Duff & Phelps to provide it with an opinion that declared the combined company would be insolvent. Lamb found the opinion letter "unduly
pessimistic," Harvin told us.

Harvin was a true Texas gentleman when we asked him about Dealbook's critiques of his team, offering a polite demurral. We did our own two-step and asked him if at any time
during the six-day trial or the two-week wait for Lamb's ruling he thought things weren't going Huntman's way.

"Every trial has its ups and its downs," Harvin said. "But on balance I thought frankly we had more ups than downs."

Stevens's Trial Judge Blasts Prosecutors, But Does Not Declare Mistrial
The government's public corruption prosecution of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens teetered on the brink of disaster yesterday after the federal judge overseeing the case harshly
criticized prosecutors for failing to turn over critical evidence to the defense until Wednesday night. Washington, D.C., federal district court judge Emmet Sullivan went so far as to
suspend the trial yesterday morning as he pondered whether to grant a motion by Stevens's Williams & Connolly lawyers to either dismiss the case or declare a mistrial.

Yesterday evening, Judge Sullivan denied both requests. But not before lambasting the prosecutors and questioning their integrity. "It's difficult for the court to believe the
government overlooked this exculpatory information," he said, according to Legal Times's account of the late-afternoon hearing. "I find it unbelievable that this was just an error."

The document that prosecutors failed to turn over was an unredacted FBI report of an interview with key government witness Bill Allen, whose company renovated the senator's
home without receiving payment for its work. The unredacted version of the report says that Allen believed Stevens would have paid for the improvements if he had received a bill.

Williams & Connolly partner Brendan Sullivan will be able to make full use of the report when he cross-examines Allen, which will likely be on Monday when the trial is scheduled
to resume.

W&C's Sullivan, who is famous for his deadpan style, was, by most accounts, uncharacteristically theatrical yesterday. The New York Times reported that he began the day by
throwing down papers and declaring that he had never seen such incompetence from the government in his 40 years of practice. According to the Anchorage Daily News, he said:
"My heart's beating twice as fast as it should be for a 66-year-old man." The Williams & Connolly partner also had a run-in with the government's lead prosector, Brenda Morris.
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After Sullivan repeated his line about 40 years of experience, Morris reportedly got up from her seat and and came within inches of him.

"He called me out," she told the judge.

Sullivan, walking back to the defense table, said, "I called her up, not out."

Wiley Rein Wins Dismissal of Class Action Against Verizon
At the Litigation Daily, we're routinely annoyed with our phone bill's many obscure itemized costs, so we're somewhat sympathetic to plaintiffs who filed a class action against
Verizon Wireless. In that case, filed in New Jersey federal district court, the plaintiffs alleged that Verizon had deceived them about their bills. They claimed that Verizon made it
seem as though one administrative fee that showed up on its bills was a government-imposed surcharge when, in fact, the fee was used to defray Verizon's own costs.

But earlier this week, Judge Freda Wolfson granted Verizon's motion to compel arbitration and dismissed the case. The plaintiffs had argued that the arbitration provisions in
Verizon's customer agreements were unconscionable under New Jersey law. Judge Wolfson disagreed, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act, which requires enforcement of the
arbitration clause, preempted New Jersey state law.

Wiley Rein partner Andrew McBride called Wolfson's decision a "landmark ruling." He said that the Ninth Circuit came out on the opposite side of Judge Wolfson on the same issue,
which makes the Federal Arbitration Act and preemption of state law a potentially attractive issue for the Supreme Court. (McBride should know; he's a former clerk for Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor.) McBride also told us that if Judge Wolfson's ruling is upheld by the Third Circuit, it will spell trouble for the plaintiffs bar.

"Individual arbitration is like kryptonite for plaintiffs lawyers," he said.

William Weinstein of Sanford Wittels & Heisler, who represents the plaintiffs, told us he filed a notice of appeal yesterday. "We thought that we had given the judge sufficient
reasons why the class waiver should not have been enforced in this case and why the enforcement of the class waiver would not run afoul of the Federal Arbitration Act," he said.

EMI Gets Split Ruling From New York Judge in MP3tunes Copyright Case
Has there ever been a better time to be an IP entertainment lawyer? We told you earlier this week about the Hollywood studios filing a copyright suit against RealNetworks to block
its new DVD software, but that's just one example of technology that threatens the entertainment biz ending up as the subject of litigation. Today we have news from another such
case, in which 14 record labels and publishers affiliated with EMI filed a copyright suit against MP3tunes and its CEO, Michael Robertson, for allegedly enabling its users to listen to
infringing music. In a decision issued this week, Manhattan federal district court judge William Pauley III dismissed the claims against Robertson on procedural grounds--but
permitted the case against the company to proceed.

MP3tunes, located in San Diego, operates two websites: mp3tunes.com and sideload.com. According to Judge Pauley's opinion, "Plaintiffs allege that MP3tunes [enables] users to
listen to infringing music through sideload.com, to make copies of infringing music to store in a 'locker,' and to download copies to multiple locations and to multiple individuals."

Judge Pauley didn't make any determinations about the validity of the claims of the record labels, which are represented by Jenner & Block. He dismissed their claims against
Robertson on personal jurisdiction grounds but denied MP3tunes's motion to dismiss. Both Robertson and his company are represented by Duane Morris partner Gregory Gulia.

Robertson issued a fiery statement following the ruling: "Suing CEOs personally is a nasty tactic media companies are engaging in to intimidate individuals, forcing them to either
enter into a settlement or face the possibility of losing their homes, cars, and all their personal belongings," he said. "I chose to fight instead of run, because I believe consumers
should be able to listen to their music everywhere. We look forward to explaining what we do, and we do it in a responsible and legal manner." Well, okay. We look forward to the
explanation, too.

Duane Morris's Gulia did not immediately return a call for comment. Neither did plaintiffs counsel Andrew Bart of Jenner & Block.

U.S. Concedes Bingham Clients Not Enemy Combatants
Bingham McCutchen is putting together an impressive run in cases against the Bush administration on behalf of Chinese Muslims held as prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. In June it
won a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that its client Huzaifa Parhat, an ethnic Uighur, had been improperly designated as an enemy combatant. In August,
a Washington, D.C., federal district court judge ruled that four additional Uighurs were also not enemy combatants. This week the firm won its biggest Guantanamo victory yet. The
Am Law Daily reports that on Tuesday, in anticipation of an October 7 hearing on the status of all 17 Uighurs still held at Guantanamo, the government has conceded that none of
the Uighurs is considered an enemy combatant.

At next week's hearing, Bingham's P. Sabin Willett now intends to argue that the Uighurs should be paroled in the U.S. while they await the outcome of their habeas cases. "Given
[that] these men have never been charged with any crime, and they are not enemy combatants, there is simply no reason for their continued confinement," Willett told The Am Law
Daily's David Bario.

Willett also said that by last night the government had transferred six Uighurs from solitary confinement to a lower-security facility after Bingham lawyers complained that the
solitary conditions created "a regimen of psychological cruelty."

"We're obviously gratified that they're out today," he said. Working with Willett on the cases have been partners Neil McGaraghan and Susan Baker Manning, of counsel Rheba
Rutkowski, and associates Francesca Miceli, Jason Pinney, Sam Rowley, and Catherine Murphy.

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"He had no intent to violate the law," Sullivan said of Sen. Stevens. "He had no intent to conceal

Catherine Stevens, Sullivan said, was in charge of the financing of the renovation, and made design
recommendations that upped the cost. Stevens had arranged for a mortgage on the chalet to cover the
construction costs, but that mortgage only amounted to some $100,000. All bills from the previously
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"We have to look, somewhat uncomfortably, at the relationship between Stevens and Catherine,
because it is at the heart of what happened here," Sullivan cryptically told the members of the jury.
"Catherine was the one who decided what should be done."

In addition, Sullivan said, VECO never billed Stevens for the $188,000 additional, choosing instead to
absorb that figure into its own books. Stevens, he said, could not pay what he did not know he owed.
The money he did pay out of his mortgage looked, on the surface, to be sufficient to cover the costs of
the job, Sullivan said

And, he said, Stevens could not possibly have been fully apprised of what was going on the with the
renovation, because he lived in Washington.

"It is hard to do things so far away from the renovation site," he said. "There was no [formal] contract."

Bill Allen's intent, Sullivan said, will have to be looked at in-depth, because Stevens asked for bills
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As for the other items of value, Sullivan claims Stevens did not want or was not interested in nor did he
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Government prosecutors in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens waited
until Wednesday night to give the defense documents that could help the senator's case, drawing a stern
rebuke from the trial judge.

A hearing set for 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday could

result in the dismissal of charges against the
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Prosecutors say the annual forms should have

included hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts
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the Veco work, Stevens would have paid them.

Allen has testified he did not bill Stevens for some of the work.

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Stevens' political future on line
at trial "It was a human error," said prosecutor Brenda Morris. But "by the luck of
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Morris maintained that Stevens is still receiving a fair trial, but the judge said, "the only reason he's (Stevens)
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Prosecutors did not speak to reporters as they left the courthouse.

The government's attorneys have been in trouble with the judge three times during the trial.

The first time, the judge threatened to declare the government's case concluded when they ran out of
available witnesses before the court's day was done.

The second time was over the unresolved decision by prosecutors to send a subpoenaed witness back to
Alaska without telling the judge or defense attorneys.
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services he received from Mr. Allen and his company, Veco, for renovations of the senator’s home
in Girdwood, Alaska.

At the heart of the trial is the issue of whether Mr. Stevens knowingly failed to list the gifts and
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The belatedly disclosed document is the agent’s handwritten report of an interview of Mr. Allen in
which Mr. Allen said he believed that Mr. Stevens would have paid the bills had they been sent to

Mr. Sullivan offered a theatrical protest, throwing down papers at the lectern and saying that in
his 40 years of practice he had never encountered such blatant government ineptitude.

“The integrity of this process has been breached,” he asserted in asking for a dismissal. “I’ve
never seen anything like it.”

Mr. Sullivan’s argument is that had he known of the agent’s report of the interview it would have
fundamentally altered his approach to the case and would have figured in his opening statement.
It could buttress the principal defense argument that Mr. Stevens thought had always fully
intended to pay any bills for home renovation and thus did not conceal any gifts.

Judge Sullivan seemed persuaded that the offense was grave but remained uncertain as to the
remedy. He asked Mr. Sullivan if he would accept partial solutions like new instructions to the
jury about the document.

But Mr. Sullivan held out for a sanction like a mistrial or dismissal. “I can’t believe this is
rectifiable,” he said, arguing that he could not go back and redo his opening statement.

Ms. Morris, the chief prosecutor, apologized for what she acknowledged was a serious mistake by
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“It was an error,” Ms. Morris said. “I’m not going to conceal that.” But she added that it
amounted to “nothing; it is form over substance.” The revelation, she said, “doesn’t make the
defense case any better or the government’s case any worse.”

Underlying the dispute is a 1963 Supreme Court ruling, Brady v. Maryland, that requires
prosecutors to make available to the accused any information it has that may help in the defense.

The dispute involves the prosecution’s second mistake during the trial; Judge Sullivan had earlier
admonished the government for its handling of a witness. The judge declined a defense request
for a mistrial in that matter but said prosecutors had behaved badly in sending home to Alaska a
witness who might have helped the defense.

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Defense Claimed Prosecutors Withheld a Key Witness Who Might Help Case


Sept. 29, 2008 —

A federal judge blasted prosecutors in the corruption case of Sen. Ted Stevens Monday and said he will consider sanctions against them if warranted, after defense attorneys said
that the government withheld information about a possible witness who they say could bolster the Alaska Republican's claim of innocence.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan denied a request filed overnight by Stevens' attorneys to declare a mistrial and dismiss the indictment against the lawmaker, but he
cautioned that "[t]he government is treading in very shallow water here."

Stevens, 84, is the longest-serving Republican senator. He is accused of lying on financial disclosure forms required by the U.S. Senate and concealing $250,000 worth of gifts
including a massive renovation project carried out at his Girdwood, Alaska, home. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

This weekend the Stevens defense team discovered that Robert "Rocky" Williams, who reportedly worked as the supervisor on the home renovation, had returned to Alaska last
week after speaking with prosecutors.

The defense has suggested that he has critical information about payments Stevens made for the renovations of his home.

The home renovation project is key to the prosecution's case, as government lawyers have claimed in court that Stevens worked with now-defunct oil services firm Veco to carry the
work out off the books so he wouldn't have to pay the full cost of the project.

After speaking with Williams by phone this weekend, the defense says that he was prepared to testify that he did not spend as much time working on the house as the government
has asserted at trial. The defense has argued in opening statements that Stevens paid $160,000 for the home renovations and did nothing wrong.

"I'm not suggesting misconduct by the government, but I want briefs on this issue," Sullivan told the lawyers after a lunch break. Earlier Monday, Sullivan had scolded prosecutors
for "unilaterally" making the decision to send Williams home.

"If it is sanctionable, I will impose sanctions," Sullivan said of the situation.

Before the trial started Monday morning, Prosecutor Nicholas Marsh told the judge that Williams' testimony was not central to the case because it "is about the financial disclosure

But defense attorney Robert Cary told the judge if the defense had the information before trial, its ability to cross-examine witnesses and opening statement would have been
different. "Our defense is that he [Sen. Stevens] paid a fair price," he said.

Cary said that Williams initially did not want to speak with the defense and told the judge, "We got lucky that we were able to speak with him."

The fact prosecutors had allowed Williams to return to Alaska without informing the defense or the judge apparently infuriated Sullivan.

"I'm flabbergasted why you'd do this. ... Get on a plane and call the defense attorneys when you get back to Alaska," Sullivan said. "Why wasn't I consulted? I'm peeved now. It's a
federal subpoena to appear in my court."

Marsh told Sullivan that Williams was not under subpoena until Oct. 6, but that "[l]ooking back on it, we understand where the court's coming from."

The judge ruled to allow the defense to reexamine several witnesses that have already testified. The defense has been able to recall former Veco accountant Cheryl Boomershine so it
can address invoices and documents submitted by Williams.

After a two-hour delay, the jury reentered the courtroom, ready to hear defense attorneys reexamine several prosecution witnesses.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska,

facing trial next week on corruption charges for leaving out more than
$250,000 in gifts from his financial disclosure forms, also failed to report a
$29,000 statue of a fish, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Justice Department prosecutor Edward Sullivan told a hearing the bronzed,

sculpted statue "is sitting on his front porch," an apparent reference to
Stevens' home in Alaska. A defense lawyer said the statue depicted
migrating salmon.

Stevens is set to go on trial next week on seven counts of filing false Senate
financial disclosure forms by leaving out extensive renovations to his house
in the ski resort town of Girdwood and other gifts from an Alaska oil
services company, VECO Corp.

Sullivan did not give further details about who gave the statue or when it
was given. But defense lawyer Robert Cary said the statue was really
destined for Stevens' official congressional library that has yet to be built by
a foundation.

Stevens, 84, faces a close race for re-election in November against a

Democratic challenger in what has long been a safe Republican seat.
Stevens has been in the Senate for 40 years and is the longest-serving
Republican senator in U.S. history.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said a group of potential jurors would fill
out a questionnaire on Monday. Prosecutors and defense lawyers would
begin questioning potential jurors on Tuesday, a process that could take a
couple of days. Opening arguments are expected later next week.

Sullivan also ruled that defense lawyers can get the medical records of the
prosecutor's star witness in the case, Bill Allen, VECO's former chief
executive, involving his 2001 motorcycle accident.

Allen suffered some brain damage in the accident. The defense wants the
records in an effort to discredit Allen's testimony.

(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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Prosecutor Says Senator Knowingly Hid Gifts


WASHINGTON — A Justice Department prosecutor told a jury Thursday that Ted Stevens, who has represented Alaska in the Senate for 40 years, engaged in “a
scheme to conceal from the public” a variety of gifts and home renovation services he received.

In her opening statement of what is expected to be a nearly monthlong trial, the prosecutor, Brenda Morris, said Mr. Stevens knowingly did not list on Senate
disclosure forms goods and services totaling $250,000 that he received from an Alaska contractor, Bill Allen. Mr. Stevens, 84, the longest-serving Republican in the
Senate’s history, has pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts of filing false statements.

Ms. Morris listed several items she said Mr. Stevens had received in recent years, including a sled dog and a massage chair, but at the heart of the case, she noted,
was the makeover of the Stevens family home in Girdwood, Alaska. She said Mr. Allen, a freewheeling oil services contractor and onetime friend of Mr. Stevens, paid
for most of the renovations, which included a new first floor built after jacking up the house, along with two new decks, a garage, lighting and a built-in gas grill.

In his opening statement, Mr. Stevens’s lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, told the jury that the senator did not “intentionally violate the law” and was misled by Mr. Allen
about the exact costs. But Mr. Sullivan also offered a new and striking assertion: that Mr. Stevens had not been familiar with the details of the project and could not
have knowingly concealed the costs, because Mr. Stevens’s wife of 28 years, Catherine Stevens, had the principal responsibility to look after the details of the

Mr. Sullivan said that although it might be uncomfortable to talk about their relationship and how they divided chores, he would introduce evidence that Mrs.
Stevens, a prominent Washington lawyer, was the family’s designated overseer of the project.

“Catherine ran the financial part of the renovation,” Mr. Sullivan said. “Ted devoted all of his time and energy to what he had always done,” serving in the Senate.

Mr. Sullivan also said it had been Mrs. Stevens’s wish to have such an elaborate home expansion. Mr. Stevens, he said, had wanted to build only a room to serve as a
bunkhouse for his 11 grandchildren.

In addition to offering up Mrs. Stevens’s role as an explanation for the senator’s failing to list the goods and services on the disclosure forms, Mr. Sullivan laid out to
the jury an elaborate counternarrative. A “devious” Mr. Allen did lots of extra and unwanted work on the house, he said. Mr. Allen, who is awaiting sentencing on a
conviction for bribing Alaska state lawmakers, is expected to be the principal prosecution witness.

In all, Mr. Sullivan said, the Stevenses paid about $160,000 toward the home renovation, a figure they could have believed was an accurate cost.

Ms. Morris, the prosecutor, said that while Mr. Stevens paid some of the contractors who worked on the house, he never paid Mr. Allen or his company, Veco, which
she said performed $188,000 worth of work.

Mr. Stevens used Veco and its owner as “his own personal handyman service,” with a clear understanding that he would not have to pay for anything done by Veco,
the prosecutor told the jury.

“We reach for the Yellow Pages,” Ms. Morris said. “He reaches for Veco.”

Mr. Stevens, regarded as a formidable legislative player in the Senate, sat quietly at the defense table throughout the day.

The criminal case will turn heavily on the issue of intent, a question of whether Mr. Stevens knowingly omitted the receipt of the goods and services from his Senate

Ms. Morris said testimony from Mr. Allen and secretly taped telephone conversations would demonstrate that Mr. Stevens fully understood he was getting “lots of
stuff for free.” She said that in one conversation, Mr. Stevens told Mr. Allen that if things went badly, “no one’s going to be killed, just some legal bills and a little jail

Mr. Sullivan said he would present e-mail messages Mr. Stevens sent to aides, Mr. Allen and others that stressed he wanted all bills to be sent to him.

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WASHINGTON -- Tradesmen who renovated Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Alaska McCain reverses course, decides to debate tonight
in 2000 testified Friday about their work, as prosecutors began building a case after all
that the Alaska Republican never paid a prominent oil services company for
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In the second day of testimony, a series of electricians and carpenters
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testimony. Beginning in October 2000, Roy Dettmer of Littleton, Colo., spent
four months working six days a week, 10 hours a day, installing electric service
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Every morning, he'd drive to the Port of Anchorage, where he was assigned to
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doubled the electrical capacity from 100 amps to 200 amps. That meant the
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residence in the fall of 1999, the year before the renovations that doubled the
Stevens home in size.
Alke estimated that he spent an estimated 20 to 24 hours on the job, including
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coming back a few days after he and another Veco worker installed the
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The journeyman electrician, who was paid about $19.50 an hour at the time,
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On his way out of the courtroom Friday, Luther waved to Stevens as he walked
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the jury with some terms that are second-nature to Alaskans, especially those
who work on the North Slope oilfields. One of Stevens' lawyers, Robert Cary,
asked Alke what was a "hitch" on the North Slope.

"A 'hitch' is just a rotation," Alke said. "It's slang. Six weeks on, two weeks off."

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When Alke told the jury he was from her hometown of Wasilla, a murmur of
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October 2, 2008

Judge considers mistrial in Stevens case

Associated Press Writer

A federal judge angrily halted the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens on Thursday after the Alaska lawmaker's attorney accused prosecutors of withholding evidence that would help
their case.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan sent the jury home for the day so he could consider arguments about whether to declare a mistrial.

Earlier, with jurors out of the courtroom, he lashed out at prosecutors for not turning over FBI reports about their star witness, Bill Allen, until late Wednesday night.

"This is not about prosecution by any means necessary," he said. "It's not about hiding the ball. ... Why shouldn't I dismiss this indictment? I find it unbelievable that this was just an

It was the second time Sullivan has scolded prosecutors over their case against Stevens, who's accused of lying on Senate forms about more than $250,000 in home renovations and
other gifts from Allen's oil pipeline firm, VECO Corp.

Earlier this week, the judge rebuked prosecutors for sending another witness — the foreman of the renovation project — back to Alaska without notifying Stevens' lawyers.

The trial, now in its second week, was thrown into disarray Thursday morning when veteran defense attorney Brendan Sullivan demanded the judge either declare a mistrial or throw out
the charges. The lawyer argued that prosecutors violated evidence rules by not turning over the FBI reports far sooner.

The reports, the defense lawyer said, showed that Allen believed his longtime friend Stevens was willing to pay for the renovations — a point he would have made in his opening
statement if he had known.

"The integrity of this proceeding has been breached," Sullivan said, his voice rising.

Prosecutor Brenda Morris admitted her team had made a mistake, but insisted it was not serious enough to hurt the defense case or cause a mistrial.

"It wasn't done intentionally," she said. "It was human error."

The jury had been expected on Thursday to hear secretly recorded audiotapes of phone conversations between Allen and Stevens, the longest-serving Senate Republican.

Prosecutors say the tapes back up testimony earlier this week by Allen that he never billed Stevens for work by VECO employees that helped turn a modest A-frame into a two-story
home with a garage, sauna, wine cellar and wraparound porches. Allen told the jury he didn't want his fishing and drinking buddy to pay "because I liked him."

On Wednesday, prosecutors introduced e-mails and handwritten thank-you notes from the Alaska senator, including one in 2002 telling Allen, "You owe me a bill," and citing ethics rules.

Stevens went on to say he'd asked a mutual friend to speak with Allen about the topic. But Allen said that when he spoke to the friend, Bob Persons, the message was quite different.

"Bill, don't worry about getting a bill," Allen claimed Persons said. "Ted's just covering his ass."

The senator acknowledges that, because he was working in Washington, he asked Allen to oversee the project. But Stevens says he was adamant that he pay all the bills and had no
idea Allen was paying many of the costs himself.

Stevens, a patriarch of Alaska politics for generations, has been stuck in the courtroom as a Democratic opponent back home mounts a strong challenge to the seat Stevens, 84, has
held for 40 years.

His opponent, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, accused the senator on Thursday of ducking debates and challenged him to square off, "any day, any schedule."


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Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, waves to the media as he leaves the

U.S. District Court in Washington after his trial Wednesday Oct. 1,
2008. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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