Stevens Wants Another Trial

Posted December 2, 2008 at 4:25pm

Attorneys for Sen. Ted Stevens (R) indicated Tuesday they will seek a do-over of the Alaskan’s criminal case, asserting that numerous “legal issues” invalidated the October trial that ended in a guilty verdict. Attorney Craig Singer filed documents in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia saying that Stevens’ defense team intends to file a lengthy motion totaling up to 75 pages. “The trial in this case took an entire month and gave rise to numerous legal disputes, including motions, evidentiary objections and juror issues,” Craig wrote. The motion also seeks an exemption from the standard page limit on such requests. “The many legal issues cannot adequately be briefed within the local rule’s presumptive 45-page limit,” Craig added. “Senator Stevens accordingly requests this page limit extension to address the many grounds for a new trial and to preserve these issues in the event of a potential appeal.” The document notes that federal prosecutors are expected to oppose the request. Stevens was found guilty in October on seven felony counts of filing false financial statements. The longest-serving GOP Senator, who has maintained his innocence, recently lost his bid to secure an eighth term to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D). A hearing on additional motions in the case — including expected appeals from Stevens — is set for Feb. 25, at which time Judge Emmet Sullivan could set a sentencing date. In the meantime, Sullivan has set another hearing for Jan. 15 to address assertions made by a key witness who has recanted his testimony in the trial.