Washington, D.C. — A newly selected jury that will determine whether Sen. Ted Stevens is guilty of lying on his financial disclosure forms will hear the first witnesses Thursday in his corruption trial.
First, prosecutors will outline their case against the 84-year-old Alaska Republican. They're expected to call three witnesses. Stevens' lawyers also will have an opportunity to outline their defense, including shortcomings they hope to highlight in the government case against the senator.
Stevens was charged in late July with taking more than $250,000 in home repairs, labor and furnishings from a defunct oil-services company, Veco Corp., and Bill Allen, its former chief executive, and failing to report the gifts on his annual Senate disclosure forms. The gifts he's accused of accepting include renovations to his home that lifted it from its foundation and added a lower story, doubling the house in size.