Friday, October 24, 2008

How Long Does this Thing Go?

Live from the Ted Stevens Trial, Day 23

Washington, D.C.--

When the case went to the jury on October 22, trial watchers tossed out guesses about when there would be a verdict. The consensus seemed to be that while much earlier verdicts were possible, the latest the jury would come back would be Thursday, October 30--eight calendar days after deliberations began.

Since the jury got the case, however, various difficulties have caused delays and threatened additional delays next week. Your humble blogger wonders if this trial will end before Election Day, November 4.

On that note, here is a public service announcement for all Alaskans who are not in the state and do not know for sure that they will return before Election Day. The Division of Elections advises that tomorrow is the deadline for receiving applications for an absentee ballot. If I were you, I'd print that application off the Internet at right now, fill it out, and then FAX it to the Division's Absentee Voting Office at (907) 677-9943. The form is only one page long, and you'll feel much better once you've sent it in. (Thanks to Theresa Philbrick for her vigorous reminder on this matter.)

Administrative note: Pressing personal matters will mean no more blog posts until tomorrow. In the meantime, you can still send in responses on the closing arguments quiz contest until 8 p.m. Eastern time tonight.

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