Judge Rejects Bid for Ending Sen. Stevens Trial

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WASHINGTON - A federal judge has rejected a defense demand to declare a mistrial after a prosecutor miscue in the corruption case against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

After hearing heated arguments from lawyers Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan turned down motions from Stevens' lawyers to dismiss charges against the senator or to declare a mistrial.

The judge had sent the jury home for the day after the defense accused prosecutors of suppressing evidence that could help the veteran lawmaker prove he was innocent.

Stevens is charged with lying about more than $250,000 in home improvements and other gifts from a wealthy Alaska businessman.