Sen. Stevens loses motion to move trial to Alaska
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will face trial on corruption charges in Washington, D.C., a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Stevens, who is charged with seven counts of making false statements, wanted the trial moved to Alaska in order to continue his re-election campaign. He also said most of the witnesses are from Alaska, where the activity behind the indictment took place.

But Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said moving the trial would be too costly and disruptive. Jury selection is slated to begin September 22. P>

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:
Judge Won't Move Trial For Stevens To Alaska (The Washington Post 8/21)
Senator Fails in Effort to Move His Corruption Trial to Alaska (The New York Times 8/21)

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

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