One day after being indicted for lying, Senator Ted Stevens was back at work, serving as Alaska’s senior Senator. He cast votes on the floor and attended a committee meeting today, followed through the halls of the U.S. Capitol building by throngs of reporters. Tomorrow afternoon Stevens will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. He’ll have to enter a plea in response to the charges: seven counts of making false statements about gifts he allegedly received from oil services company VECO. The Department of Justice says the gifts totaled more than $250,000 and included major renovations to Stevens’ Girdwood home. While the Senator hasn’t been indicted for bribery, the charges do allege that he did favors for VECO while he was taking the gifts.
Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks