There's a lot of stuff to be going through, to say the least. I'm hoping that my favorite Alaskan investigative reporter, Richard Mauer, will be coming out with something that looks further into these two details, that emerged at Talking Points Memo Muckraker on Friday. They're going through the e-mails that are part of the government's evidence, and found these two nuggets:
By mid-May 2007, Stevens learned that Person A had been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in D.C. On May 17, 2007, Stevens sent Person A two emails that discussed Person A's upcoming grand jury testimony. In the first email, Stevens told Person A that "I hope we can work something out to make sure you aren't led astray on this occasion."
In the second, Stevens was more explicit: "don't answer questions you don't KNOW the answers to."
and this one:
On September 1, 2006, defendant Stevens sent two emails to Person A, asking if Stevens' house had been searched in connection with the Allen/VECO investigation. At 3:49 a.m. on September 1, 2006, Stevens wrote Person A: "press releases say the FBI served a warrant in Girdwood??? Did they hit our house? T."
At 5:33 p.m. later that day, Stevens again wrote: "Have you been by the Chalet? Teds"
From these, we can determine two things, at the very least - Ted knows how to intimidate a witness without "crossing the line." And he knows how to e-mail, which may surprise some.
My predictions at this point:
1) This trial will not be over before the November election. There is too much, way too much detail emerging.
2) More details, possibly more directly related arrests, will emerge this coming week.
3) Support for Ted in Alaska will begin to crash during early September.