July 31st, 2008
01:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Indicted senator pleads not guilty

Stevens pleaded not guilty.
Stevens pleaded not guilty.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Indicted Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of scheming to conceal thousands of dollars worth of gifts from an oil-services company.

His lawyer requested that the trial be moved to Alaska from Washington, and that it take place before November because Stevens is up for re-election.

"I want to make a request if at all possible that the trial be in October so that he can clear his name before the general elections," said the attorney, Brendan Sullivan.

He proposed moving the trial to Alaska because a majority of the witnesses are there and the events in question took place there.

Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is not related to Stevens' attorney, said he thought Washington is an appropriate location for the trial but that he will entertain a motion to move it to Alaska.

Stevens was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of filing false reports on his mandatory Senate financial disclosure forms.

The federal indictment says Veco Energy paid for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of work on Stevens' home over a period of about seven years, and Stevens failed to report it.

Stevens, 84, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, has not spoken during the hearing; his attorney entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Dressed in a light gray suit, Stevens seemed relaxed before the hearing began and smiled after he sat down at the defense table to chat with his legal team.

Two benches in the federal district courthouse were filled by reporters from television, radio and wire services.


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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Tom

    He's still going to get his pension. So it doesn't matter what they do to him. They should give pensions to all felons, not just Congressmen and women.

    July 31, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Karen - Missouri

    Goes to show how low Republican politicians have sunk

    July 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Texan in Colorado

    Yeah, the defense wants the trial in Alaska because they figure they can intimidate or buy off enough jurors there to get Stevens off. You'd have to be an idiot to not look at the evidence thus far made public and not know the guy had been on the take. When an oil company pays for hundreds of thousands of dollars of work on your home, and then you push legislation favoring that company.... doesn't that look just a little shady? I'd love it if some oil company wanted to pay to remodel my house-- but, of course, I'm in no position to offer them anything more than a hardy "thanks guys". So I'm not expecting them to show up at my front door anytime soon. :-)

    July 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Enlightened voter

    Be aware he was indicted a la Martha Stewart for fals estatement and not actually accused of whatever they were looking to try and pin on him? What ever happened to William Jefferson, the one with the cash in his freezer he picked up after Katrina with troop help?

    July 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Vigla

    Jail will be your new home "bridge to nowhere" man.

    July 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Senator Stevens keep a cot warm for Rove – he's next!

    July 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Ken

    He needs the court date moved up so that he can be pardoned before the [R]s lose the whitehouse.

    July 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    Once a man twice a child. Is it the old age or just another old politice MCcain is playing?

    Why haven't him campaign about what he is goind to do and not to do for Americans?

    Attacking Obama because McCain with his campaign staff have no new idea about how to help the economy .
    Low wayward road will not win you election senator McCain.

    July 31, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Rickymo

    These Mc Same people are just so desperate...some much for things being different.

    July 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Both parties have crooks. This has been so from the beginning. We can only hope that the people we elect will be above the garbage. They may be when new, but soon learn the truth of politics and power from the senior politicians. Some are smarter then others and can hide it better. We are only important in an election year. This has been the year for scandals...One politician after another guilty of sex,lies, and video tapes...

    July 31, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. What!!!

    After living in Alaska for 7 years, I know he is a crook adn a thief. Never trusted him, never will!

    July 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yeah, Ted...Not guitly. RIGHT! That's why all your fellow Repltilicans gave your PAC money to charity...

    July 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Greg in Annapolis

    He can plead all he wants, but he's not going to beat seven counts. He's just another typical old, GOP party member who has been dragged down by greed and manipulation. Send him out hunting with Cheney and plenty of ammunition.

    July 31, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Candy West Virginia

    Of course he's not guilty, the repugs have excuses for all of their wicked behavior.

    July 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. v.a.

    another fallen republican hahahaha what entertainment

    July 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Ian

    Good luck.

    July 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Texas Liberal

    There is too much smoke around this guy for there to be no fire. Alaska politics is, I have read, crookeder than most states – which is saying a lot. I don't believe the Justice Dept would indict him unless they have the case to convict him. He and his lawyers surely presented the FBI with their best evidence and arguments during the investigation, yet he was indicted anyway.

    Conservative voters, most of whom are otherwise decent people, have been hornswaggled, flim-flammed, sold down the river, and otherwise conned by their leadership. They have gotten NONE of the reforms they were promised when Conservatives ran both houses of Congress during the nineties. They got NONE of the reforms in the 2001-2006 period when Conservatives controlled all three branches of government. What they got was low wages, crappy benefits, bad schools, no job security, no retirement security, no flag burning amendment, no balanced budget, no gay marriage amendment, no victory in Iraq, no increase in veterans' benefits for the soldiers who have served so nobly in a misguided war, and a future that looks worse and worse.

    When are you Conservative voters going to learn that you are being lied to by your leadership?

    July 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. NDog

    McCain & Neil Bush and the Keating Five and now Stevens see a trend anyone?

    July 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. JM

    PUMA.....

    July 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. ProudToBeDemocrat

    One by one all this corupt republicans will be exposed so far Karl Rove, larry the gay, Ted Stevens and counting.

    July 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Mel

    HELLO AMERICA THIS IS WHAT YOUR TRUE PATRIOT LOOKS LIKE . THE BIG THIEF. AND HE 'S BEEN DOING IT FOR 36 YEARS . VERY GOOD AMERICA THIS IS YOU BEST MAN. WHEN WILL YOU SEE THE LIGHT. TAKE THE BAG OFF YOUR HEADS. MAYBE ITS TIME TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT LIKE OBAMA........

    VOTE OBAMA.08

    July 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    Of course he does just like the bush administration these power hungry extremist need to go away and give back the republican party to it's true base of fun loving hard working conservative Americans not these religious and greedy power hungry extremesits

    July 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. BETTY

    THIS DOESN'T SURPRISE ME. THE DEMOCRAPS AND REPUBICANS ARE COVERING EACH OTHER'S INTERESTS. IT IS TIME PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR A THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE. THAT CANDIDATE SHOULD SHUCK BALDWIN OF THE CONSTITUTION PARTY. HE CARES ABOUT THE AMERICAN INTEREST. HE WILL SECURE THE BORDER AND BRING THE TWO BORDER PATROLMEN HOME. BARR OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY IS BACKED BY THE ACLU AND WANTS TO LEGALIZE DRUGS.

    July 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. libby

    Whatever happened to that Democratic congressman, who put all the money in the freezer, I bet it was more than$250,000.00
    How come all the Republicans get indited and the lefty Democrates get away with much more crimes.
    I tell you ,I have to admire the Dem's they stick with their crooks,
    while the Republicans try to be so holy, and abandon their
    co-hards
    I feel bad about Stevens, he is an unbelievable Sen., and I am sure
    he will be exonerated, and will be re-elected in Alaska, my prayers
    will be with him.

    July 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. kim hussein smith

    i dont understand the mental illness these losers have that allows them to live in a fantasy world where they are innocent of all of their crimes!

    this guy is an ugly, greedy--and typical--republican! republicans commit the VAST majority of political and personal crimes; it's to the point now where if you hear someone is a republican you automatically know they are dishonest and possibly even criminal.

    the current white house has destroyed the reputation of the republican party, so that they now have zero credibility. and john mccain is just more of the same republican cr@p!

    July 31, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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