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Sen. Stevens Did Nothing Wrong, His Attorney Says

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Ted Stevens is trying to get re-elected in the midst of a major distraction: his criminal trial. Stevens claims he paid his bills and was honest and upstanding. Will the jury buy it? Will the electorate buy it?

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) paid every bill sent to him for extensive renovations to his home and did not lie about the work on financial disclosure forms, his attorney told jurors this morning.
“The evidence will demonstrate that you are dealing here with a man who is honest and would not have intentionally violated the law,” the lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, said in opening statements in Stevens’ corruption trial in federal court.

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Washington Post Columnist Dana Milbank’s take on the trial

“Rifleman” Says Mafia Feared Him and Bulger

"Whitey" Bulger/fbi photoThe Soprano-like murder trial of an ex-FBI agent continued to deliver colorful testmony. Gangster Stephen “The Rifelman” Flemmi spent his third day on the witness stand and talked about buddy “Whitey” Bulger (photo).

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI — Notorious gangster and longtime FBI informant Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi boasted to a Florida jury today that he and his sidekick James “Whitey” Bulger were so powerful in the 1980s that even the Mafia didn’t want to tangle with them.
“The Mafia didn’t want to get involved with us,” the 74-year-old gray-haired gangster said. “I’ll tell you we were a formidable group.They didn’t put us out of business that’s for sure.”
Flemmi is testifying for the third day in the state trial of his former handler, retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who is accused of murder and first degree murder in the 1982 slaying of Boston business consultant John B. Callahan.

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FBI Agents Search Judges’ Chambers in Cleveland

A county corruption probe prompted FBI agents Tuesday night to search the chambers of two local judges including Judge Steven Terry. The probe first surfaced publicly in July and is heating up.

Judge Steven Terry's Chambers Searched/court photo

Judge Steven Terry

By James F. McCarty and Rachel Dissell
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County corruption scandal reached into the Justice Center Tuesday night when FBI agents searched two judges’ chambers.
Agents appeared at the courtrooms of Common Pleas judges Bridget McCafferty and Steven Terry between 7 and 8 p.m.
FBI Special Agent Scott Wilson confirmed the searches were linked to the county corruption probe made public in July after FBI and IRS agents raided the homes and offices of county officials Jimmy Dimora, Frank Russo and Kevin Kelley, but he would not say what agents were searching for.
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