WASHINGTON – The federal judge overseeing the corruption trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is refusing requests by Stevens' lawyers to throw out the case.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has also indicated that a flurry of last-minute legal motions and inquiries won't stop the trial from beginning this month, noting that Stevens has asked for a speedy trial.
A trial is set to begin in two weeks for the Senate's longest-serving Republican. He's charged with lying in Senate disclosure records about hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and home renovations he received from an oil pipeline services company.
The 84-year-old Stevens has pleaded not guilty to all seven counts and has pushed to get his trial completed before Alaskans vote on his re-election on November 4th.