Ted Stevens' legal strategy has baffled me from moment uno - take for example his filing for the trial to be moved to Alaska. Perhaps he was banking on the judge being really, really intoxicated at the moment he was making his decision, because Stevens' lawyers should have known (and Stevens, being an ex-lawyer, should know) that any judge worth their salt would recognize the odds of getting an unbiased jury in Alaska are like the odds on winning the lottery. There's next to zero chance - everyone in the state knows him, and just about everyone in the state has an opinion on him. Any trial in Alaska wouldn't be run by the courts, but instead by the newspapers, TV, and political campaigns.
Apparently the judge is worth his salt, because he's keeping the trial in Washington.