With jury selection starting today in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), his defense team revealed that Stevens may call some of his high-profile colleagues to testify on his behalf.
Stevens' attorneys listed Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Stevens' best friend in the Senate, as potential witnesses. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell may also appear.
Stevens appeared at court today but left as potential jurors started to fill out questionaires as part of the selection process. District Judge Emmitt Sullivan hopes to narrow the juror pool down to 75 people, with interviews then being used to winnow the list down further. Sullivan hopes to complete jury selection by tomorrow, with opening statements in the expected month-long trial slated to start Wednesday.