After chaotic deliberations, the jury in the corruption trial of Senator Theodore Fulton Stevens (R – Alaska) has found him guilty on all seven counts of failing to properly report gifts on Senate financial documents. The gifts were valued at over $250,000 combined.
It is not a rarity that a Republican gets accused of a crime. It is nice to finally see that one is being brought to justice and hopefully with more than just a slap on the wrist.
However, something tells me that we haven’t seen the last of Senator Toobz:
If U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska is found guilty of falsifying Senate financial disclosure forms over seven years but wins re-election, he could still serve in the Senate until that body votes to expel him.
Now may be a good time to donate some cash to his Democratic opponent, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. Help take the trash that is Ted Stevens to the curb.
I am obviously disappointed in the verdict but not surprised given the repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in this case. The prosecutors had to report themselves to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility during the trial for ethical violations. Exculpatory evidence was hidden from my lawyers. A witness was kept from us and then sent back to Alaska. The Government lawyers allowed evidence to be introduced that they knew was false. I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have.
I am innocent. This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial. I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate.