Sen. Stevens wants coruption trial moved to Alaska

Facing the legal and political fight of his career, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) wants to be tried in Alaska, not Washington, D.C.

Stevens is charged with seven counts of making false statements. Federal prosecutors allege he failed to disclose more than $250,000 in gifts from Veco, a former oil services company whose activities have ensnared other politicians in Alaska.

A trial in Alaska could be more favorable to Stevens, who remains popular throughout the state. Alaska Natives make up about 16 percent of the population in the state and about 5 percent of the population in Anchorage, where the trial would be held.

Stevens, the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee , is one of the most powerful members of the Senate. He has used his position to help Alaska Native corporations and to pressure Alaska tribes and villages.

Get the Story:
Stevens requests trial be held in Alaska (The Anchorage Daily News 8/5)
Stevens proclaims innocence at Anchorage rally (The Anchorage Daily News 8/5)

Relevant Documents:
DOJ Press Release | Indictment | Press Conference Transcript

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