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  Sen. Murkowski requests pardon for Stevens
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Last EditedRP  Jan 19, 2009 06:50pm
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News DateMonday, January 19, 2009 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWith less than 48 hours left of the Bush presidency, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's spokesman said today that Murkowski had asked the White House to pardon the former senior senator of Alaska, Ted Stevens.

Stevens, a Republican, was convicted in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27 of seven felony charges of failing to disclose gifts and services he received from 2000 to 2006. A week later, Alaska voters turned him out of office in November after 40 years in the Senate.

Stevens is asking for a new trial, alleging prosecutorial misconduct, juror misconduct and other issues. A hearing is scheduled next month, but would be rendered moot by a pardon.
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