Stevens Convicted

Alaskan Senator and longest serving Republican Senator Ted Stevens was just found guilty of federal corruption charges. Although nobody really knows how the trial was run, the biases involved and the clarity and quality of the evidence, the verdict was no surprise.

Stevens was found guilty of seven counts of Senate ethics fraud on financial documents. Stevens tried to conceal hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts provided by the states largest employer, oil contractor VECO. The charges are pretty solid, and will contain a sentence range of anywhere between 0 and 35 years in prison (don’t expect too many).

But here is the good part. Stevens is up for re-election in what is considered a fairly close race. And the Senator has decided to fight the charges and continue as a candidate! Wow. I’m not sure what to say. Either the Senator knows this was a truly unfair race and he is actually confident in fighting the charges, or he’s simply trying to cover the GOP’s butt with claims of innocence and injustice.

It was Sarah Palin who gave the “public sympathy” address to the people of Alaska. I bet it was heartfelt.


Published in: on October 27, 2008 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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