Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied about accepting more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of gifts from a powerful oilfield contractor.
In the midst of his re-election bid, lawyers for the Senate's longest-serving Republican maintained Stevens' innocence at his afternoon arraignment in federal court in Washington.
Stevens, wearing a cream colored suit, did not speak when U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan asked for his plea. Stevens' attorney, Brendan Sullivan, answered for him.
It is before Labor Day, so he's not guilty of committing a serious fashion faux pas.
This is like handing out presents to people who really don't deserve them. They don't raid your house and then indict you a year later if they haven't gone back and done everything possible to ensure they can fry your ass. There's nothing hasty about this--they have been methodical and exacting in this investigation, and that's what should realing all of us a massive gift--Republican culture of corruption, greed, and hubris anyone? Despite pleas that he resign, that he go away, that he take his money and go hide somewhere in Alaska, he's going to stay right here and fight like a maniac and go down screaming in flames. They dly concern Stevens. There was nothing knee-jerk about it. They just lined up the jerks and took them down in order.