Stevens Trial Breaks for the Day

Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:38pm

Judge Emmet Sullivan abruptly adjourned the trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) on Wednesday afternoon, stating the court would recess to accommodate a member of the jury.

Sullivan did not provide a specific reason.

Stevens is charged with seven counts of filing false statements over an eight-year period to conceal the receipt of more than $250,000 in gifts — primarily in the form of renovations to his Girdwood, Alaska, home — from the now-defunct oil services firm VECO Corp. and its executives.

Federal prosecutors’ star witness, former VECO Chief Executive Officer Bill Allen, had been on the witness stand prior to the court’s lunch recess, and was expected to continue his testimony this afternoon before the court’s adjournment.