Lawyers at Williams & Connolly have long embraced grinding, incremental, motions-drenched criminal defenses for their clients.

In the case of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, however, the bury-them-in-paper strategy has been turned on its ear. Stevens is moving quickly to trial: Jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 22. He was indicted in late July on seven felony counts for allegedly attempting to hide more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from people associated with an Alaska oil services company.