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Ted Stevens in Court

Jury selection got underway today in the trial of US Senator Ted Stevens, as Thomas mentioned and Morning Edition reported. The Republican from Alaska is accused of failing to disclose $250,000 in gifts he received from the oil company VECO. The judge presiding over the case also read a list of the more than 200 potential witnesses, something of a who's who of Washington: Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as well as former Secretary of State Colin Powell. A few of the other names on the list were, well, unexpected: a Fairbanks strip club manager, the underage ex-mistress of former VECO chief Bill Allen, and the Anchorage police detective who is looking into that relationship. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday.

h/t Anchorage Daily News