Powell Testifies to Stevens' 'Sterling' Rep

Ex-general, diplomat appears at senator's corruption trial
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2008 6:20 PM CDT
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, after testifying at the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Colin Powell testified in Ted Stevens' defense today, characterizing the Alaska senator's reputation as "sterling" and saying he "was someone whose word you could rely on." On the stand in Washington as a character witness, the ex-secretary of state impishly said he had "dabbled a bit in diplomacy" and discussed his 25-year association with Stevens, whom he described as a "trusted individual," the Anchorage Daily News reports.