Sept. 25, 2008: Federal prosecutors open their case against Stevens at trial, saying he knowingly concealed VECO work done on his Girdwood home.
Sept. 30, 2008: Allen -- the star witness in the government’s case -- takes the stand against Stevens, saying the two became fast friends and he frequently gave Stevens goods and services.
Oct. 8, 2008: Prosecutors play recordings in court of Allen and Stevens’ friend, Bob Persons, discussing ways to conceal the paper trail left by VECO’s work on Stevens’ home.
Oct. 9, 2008: After a series of mistakes at trial by the prosecution, Sullivan denies Stevens’ defense attorneys a mistrial but throws out several pieces of prosecution evidence.
Oct. 14, 2008: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch testifies on Stevens’ behalf as the defense presents its case, following Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye and Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell.
Oct. 16, 2008: Stevens and his wife Catherine testify at his trial, saying they believed a general contractor was paying VECO employees for the work done on their home.
Oct. 21, 2008: Prosecutors and defense attorneys present their closing arguments in Stevens’ trial. The prosecution argues that gift by gift, Stevens’ behavior adds up to a pattern of deceit; the defense says prosecutors relied on lies and tricks in their case against Stevens.
Oct. 27, 2008: The jury of eight men and four women finds Stevens guilty on all counts, making him a convicted felon with a week left before the Nov. 4 general election.
Oct. 31, 2008: Finally free to campaign, Stevens returns to Anchorage for a debate with Begich at public TV station KAKM; when asked about the verdict against him, Stevens says, “I have not been convicted.”
Nov. 4, 2008: Begich narrowly defeats Stevens in the U.S. Senate race. On the national stage, Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden win a landslide presidential victory over Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain and his running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Jan. 6, 2009: Begich claims his Senate seat in Washington, D.C. as Stevens takes the Senate floor for the last time as a senator, ending a 40-year Senate career with an address to his colleagues.
April 1, 2009: President Obama’s newly appointed attorney general, Eric Holder, announces the dismissal of all charges against Stevens as a result of prosecutorial misconduct.
April 5, 2009: Sullivan orders prosecutors in Stevens’ case to hand over any documents favorable to Stevens that were not given to his defense team.
April 7, 2009: Stevens says his faith in the justice system is restored by the dismissal and Sullivan’s court order.
April 8, 2009: Prosecutors in Stevens’ case find themselves the target of government scrutiny, after the revelation that a note from Stevens asking Allen to bill him for VECO’s work on his home -- potentially exculpatory evidence -- wasn’t released to Stevens’ defense at trial.
Aug. 10, 2010: Stevens, along with four other people, is killed in the plane crash of a DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter en route to a fishing lodge near Dillingham.
Sept. 27, 2010: Nicholas Marsh, one of the prosecutors in Stevens’ case, commits suicide.
Nov. 15, 2010: Federal officials announce that Stevens’ prosecutors will not face charges for their conduct.