Why would the Justice Department ever want to post defense exhibits in the case against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on a government Web site for the world to see? The department wouldn’t, of course. Too much work, a prosecutor said in court today. Let the defense publish whatever they want on their Web site.

No, no. That won’t do either, a Williams & Connolly partner, Robert Cary, said in court today, representing Stevens. The firm doesn’t have the same resources available to the government to publish documents online day after day. And besides, Williams & Connolly doesn’t try cases in the press, Cary said.