WASHINGTON (Reuters) ó Lawyers for Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska urged a judge Thursday to dismiss the corruption case against him because they said prosecutors had withheld evidence helpful to their defenseÖ
The information involved an interview by an FBI agent with Bill Allen, the prosecutionís star witness. In the interview, Allen said he believed Stevens and his wife would have paid for the renovations to their home in Alaska if Allen had sent them a billÖ
Stevens normally sits expressionless during the trial, but during Thursday's session he nodded his head vigorously while the judge rebuked the prosecutors.
The judge ordered the prosecutors to turn over to the defense all FBI interviews with witnesses without any redactions.
The new evidence involved an interview that had been turned over to the defense, but the key part of what Allen said ó that the couple would pay if they had been sent a bill ó had been blacked out.
And this is helpful to the defense how? Stevens has had his hand out for 40 years and every sentient businessman in Alaska must know by now how the game is played. You donít leave a paper trail. And if you do leave one, the bill is paid and nobody in the senatorís office returns your phone calls. Ever.