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