WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Ted Stevens is blaming his corruption
trial on a generous friend, who he says engaged in some "devious"
The Alaska Republican is charged with lying about receiving more
than a quarter million dollars worth of home renovations and gifts.
Prosecutors say rather than hiring a contractor, Stevens relied
on his friend Bill Allen, the chairman of an oil services company,
to manage the project and "never paid a dime."
Stevens says he was clueless about the cost and scope of the
project, and his wife controlled the family's finances.
Prosecutors say Stevens has become crafty over the course of his
political career, learning how to accept gifts without drawing
attention to himself.
Stevens' trial continues this morning.
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