July 31st, 2008
01:45 PM ET
7 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. EBC

    Geez, why is this NOT surprising coming from a man who KNOWS he's guilty from day one. Come on, when has a politician ever stood up and claimed " Yep, I did it.... Yeah, I've cheated the taxpayers for decades"....

    All I want NOW is to get rid of ALL these bums and get them the hell our of our Congress and Senate. I'm sick of all this BS!!! I mean, these politicians are getting out of control, they really think they are above the law of the land and it's getting BAD.

    Voters NEED to start getting involved and START calling these fools out on the carpet and STOP taking all this BS.

    Let's call in an exterminator to get rid of all these rats!

    July 31, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    yes...PLEASE grant him a trial prior to the elections. I would LOVE that!

    No, he should not be tried in Alaska, nor even Washington. He should be tried at Guantanamo Bay and left to rot there if he is found guilty.

    July 31, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. zorro

    On the exact same day the Republicans start their "the audacity of Obama" negative ad campaign the longest serving Republican Senator is indicted for corruption. Now that's audacity.

    July 31, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. bridgette

    Now in the real world he wouldn't even be allowed to go back to work. He probably would have lost his job before he even went to court. Why is it that the people who make the laws don't have to follow them.

    July 31, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Peggy - TX

    Why should I bother to say anything as my comment will sit in limbo land of “Your comment is awaiting moderation” to where only I can see the comment, but no one else. Then many many many hours, until long after the story is stale, it is published. Yet some commenters seem to know how to get through this filter as I see their comments come up quickly, make an impact, and they are able to post multiple comments and even have a dynamic dialog going. This CNN blog forum is making me out to be fool for even trying.

    July 31, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    It doesn't matter what he pleads. He's a republican, CNN and her band of drunken merry liberals have already judged and convicted them. It's the progressive way..

    July 31, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Edith Arkansas

    Another Republican indicted I have been saying that Repubs are not to be trusted. They set high standards for everyone except themselves. Ted Stevens is innocent until proven guilty but those are some strong charges. Even so vote Democratic November.

    July 31, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. CW4Barak

    Lock him up and throw away the key......save room for Bush, Rove, Hannity and Limbaugh.....they are next!

    July 31, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Fay tx

    Stevens pleaded not guilty. Yea! you did it .......Next Karl Rove

    July 31, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Sherry for Obama


    Hes only doing what any self justified republican does best..............LIE......

    July 31, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Barbara

    How can the Senetor plead not guilty when there is so much he is guilty of? Why do the Rep. get away with all these messes ? The Congress should not have a vacation and a huge raise each Jan. when they do nothing! This Senetor along with all the rest of Rep. should be indicted immediately!!!!!!!!!!!
    no justice anymore!!!!!!!!!!! no laws for the rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only the poor guy at the pumps buying gas and the women at the grocery stores! Senetors` are paid too much to start with and it goes to their heads` and they take advantage of their position.
    Thank You, for that is my thoughts on the matter.
    Barbara from FL.

    July 31, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. jimmy velman


    July 31, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Saved

    another republican bites the dust!!

    July 31, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Brian

    Steven's can't be guilty.... The Justice department is corrupt and filled with Republicans! Someone call Bush and order another pardon.

    Osama Bin Laden and PUMA both striving to destroy America in the next 4 years!

    July 31, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. 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 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Tom

    No doubt in my mind Ted is guilty. Question is whether or not he is above the law or not. Same deal as Randy "Duke" Cunningham. They should share a cell but he may be able to lobby that he is elite and not accountable to follow laws of the land.

    July 31, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. john williams san diego, ca.

    has 'cold cash' Congressman (D) William Jefferson even seen a courtroom yet?

    July 31, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    well what goes around always comes around and then it really bites ya!!!!!!!!! another epublican,, go figure,, and more to come,,,woohoo,,, go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Dumbama and Rezco.

    July 31, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Michelle, PA

    Let's see....Powerful and Corrupt Republican Official claims he did nothing wrong despite all evidence to the contrary. The only thing that shocks me about the whole thing is that they actually indicted him. Boringly predictable otherwise.

    July 31, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. judy, Wisconsin

    I'm sure Bush will give him a full pardon soon just like Scooter.

    July 31, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. al




    July 31, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Oilman for Obama

    Make sure the trial extends beyond Bush's term or else it is just a waste of time.

    July 31, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Enlightened Voter

    How low can those repugs go?

    July 31, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. judge huck

    Judgement day is coming! Goodluck Teddy

    p.s. nice try in requesting a trial move to Alaska, NOT!!!

    July 31, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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