Jury Selected for Stevens Trial

Posted September 24, 2008 at 12:22pm

Jury selection concluded in the trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) on Wednesday afternoon.

Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, federal prosecutors and Stevens’ attorneys narrowed a pool of 66 prospective jurors to a 12-member jury and four alternates following two days of interviews.

The jury comprises nine black women, three black men, two white women, one white man and one Hispanic man. The court does not specify which jurors serve as alternates until the conclusion of the trial.

Stevens is charged with seven counts of filing false statements to conceal the receipt of more than $250,000 in gifts over an eight-year period. He had pleaded not guilty.