Abbe D. Lowell was quoted on September 17 by Law.com in an article regarding the trial for Senator Ted Stevens, who is accused of attempting to hide more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from people associated with VECO, an Alaska oil services company. Stevens has publicly pushed for a speedy trial because he is up for re-election in November. While some presume that the government has the edge in speedy trials because prosecutors are at the front of criminal investigations, Mr. Lowell believes this won't be an issue in Stevens' case. "This investigation is not a surprise to the senator or his attorneys. It's been going on for a long time. They ought to be ready," he said.