October 6, 2008 in Nation/World

Stevens’ attorneys reapply for mistrial


Defense attorneys for Sen. Ted Stevens have again asked a judge to throw out the corruption case against the veteran Alaska lawmaker.

In papers filed late Sunday, the defense alleged the government intentionally withheld evidence that could help Stevens prove he’s innocent. A judge rejected a similar bid for a mistrial last week, but ordered prosecutors to give the senator’s lawyers more material.

This time the defense says prosecutors got their star witness to change his story to help their case. There was no immediate response from prosecutors.

Stevens is accused of lying about more than $250,000 in gifts from an oil pipeline company.


Biden takes break for death in family

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden has canceled his campaign appearances today and Tuesday after the death of his mother-in-law Sunday.

Biden spokesman David Wade said Bonny Jean Jacobs, the mother of Biden’s wife, Jill, died Sunday after a long illness.

Jacobs was 78 and lived in Willow Grove, Pa. Wade described her as a “homemaker and avid gardener with a lifelong love of reading.”

“We appreciate everyone’s respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time,” Wade said.


Dress code breach leads to arrests

Four Nevada high school students have been arrested after one of them refused to adhere to the dress code.

Churchill County High School Principal Robbin Pedrett says a 17-year-old refused to turn over his bandana to a staff member Friday.

Officials say the student turned aggressive when a police officer asked for the article. Three other students stepped in and were arrested on suspicion of interference with a public officer.

The 17-year-old was charged with resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer. The school was locked down for more than an hour.

From wire reports

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