Stevens Loses Motion; Trial Will Stay In DC

Nighttime campaigning is looking more difficult for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) whose motion to move his upcoming trial to Alaska was denied by a federal judge this morning.

Stevens had previously requested a change of venue to Alaska so he could campaign at home during the run up to the November election. In a partial accommodation of his request, there will be no sessions on Friday to allow the six-term incumbent senator to travel to Alaska for weekend campaigning, McClatchy reports.

Earlier this week, attorneys on both sides of the case submitted questions for jury selection. According to court documents, inquiries include potential jurors’ opinions on the oil industry, congressional corruption, earmarks in the state of Alaska, and whether or not they regularly read the D.C. newspaper, The Hill.