Prosecution, Stevens Tangle

Alaska senator's temper emerges under cross-examination
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2008 4:30 PM CDT
This courtroom sketch by Dana Verkouteren depicts Ted Stevens questioned by defense attorney Brendan Sullivan as prosecutor Brenda Morris listens before Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington today.   (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)
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(Newser) – The defense rested in the Ted Stevens corruption trial this afternoon, and the famously feisty senator then submitted to cross-examination. After 5 hours of friendly guidance from his own lawyers, the lead prosecutor's rapid-fire questioning didn't sit well, Politico reports. “I’m not going to get in the middle of this game with you,” Stevens tartly told Brenda Morris.

“You ask me questions and I’ll give you answers,” the 84-year-old Republican said as Morris pressed him about who paid for renovations to his Alaska home. Earlier, he characterized the testimony of the star witness against him as an "absolute lie," the AP reports. Cross-examination will resume Monday, with the case expected to go to the jury early next week.