Judge: Stevens Can Skip Court, But Jury Won't Know Why

Lawyers asked that Senate duty be noted
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2008 1:42 PM CDT
This artist rendering Stevens, third from right, and his defense team, before Judge Emmet Sullivan, right, in federal court in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – If Ted Stevens leaves court to attend to the current financial crisis, a federal judge warns he won't relay details to the jury, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Jurors in the corruption trial would simply be notified of the senator's absence and told that there is nothing wrong with it, the judge said today, adding, "I think it's possible that some jurors may think someone is too busy."