Pardon for Sen. Ted Stevens unlikely

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A White House spokesman on Monday said President Bush, on his last day in office, was unlikely to pardon former Sen. Ted Stevens.

The Anchorage Daily News quoted spokesman Stuart Siciliano saying no more pardons or commutations, which would lessen a sentence, are expected from Bush.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski had requested a pardon for her former colleague, who was defeated for re-election following his October conviction on corruption charges.

Murkowski spokesman Mike Brumas said the senator was traveling Monday. Brumas said he didn't know whether she had been notified one way or another.

Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, is seeking a new trial and intends to appeal if that is unsuccessful.

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