Daily News reporter Lisa Demer just got back from Rep. Tom Anderson's arraignment on conspiracy, bribery and other charges.
Here's what she saw:
On Friday afternoon, Anderson made his first court appearance. He was dressed in a yellow jail uniform, his ankles chained together. But he appeared calm as he pleaded not guilty to each of the seven felony counts against him. Federal Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts agreed to release him on $10,000 unsecured bond.
The courtroom was about half-full for the proceeding, which was over in 19 minutes.There were reporters, lawyers and people who wouldn't identify themselves other than saying they were friends of someone.
Anderson was represented at the hearing by Anchorage lawyer Jeff Feldman, who said it wasn't clear whether he could clear his schedule in order to stay on the case. Four federal prosecutors were in the room as was lead FBI agent Mary Beth Kepner.
Anderson also asked whether he could still go on a planned vacation starting Tuesday to California and then Mexico. He indicated his wife, Sen.-elect Lesil McGuire, and their baby were already in California, though that wasn't entirely clear. Roberts approved the trip.
Anderson was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs but was expected to be released later today.