BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Tubes flushed:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been convicted of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor. The Senate's longest-serving Republican, Stevens was found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial documents.

The verdict throws the upcoming election into disarray. Stevens is fighting off a challenge from Democrat Mark Begich and must now either drop out or continue campaigning as a convicted felon.

The trial hinged on the testimony of Stevens' longtime friend, who testified that his employees dramatically remodeled the senator's home.

Stevens faces up to five years in prison on each count but, under federal sentencing guidelines, will likely receive much less prison time, if any.

Update [2008-10-27 16:11:44 by Jonathan Singer]:The Hill rightly notes that Stevens is the longest serving Republican Senator in history, a fact that will make it difficult if not impossible for the GOP to distance itself from this news. Certainly this will help Mark Begich -- though you should still donate to his campaign. The biggest remaining question, then, is the extent to which Sarah Palin's close ties to Stevens weigh down on the Republican ticket in light of this verdict. At the least, this is yet another lost day for the McCain campaign, which can ill afford to have missed opportunities this late in the game.

Update [2008-10-27 16:34:54 by Jonathan Singer]: I suppose it wouldn't be opportune for the McCain campaign for me to dredge up this campaign ad featuring Ted Stevens making an important endorsement of Sarah Palin at a key point in her 2006 gubernatorial race...

Update [2008-10-27 16:38:9 by Jonathan Singer]: It probably wouldn't also be great if the following video shot this summer of Palin pallin' around with Stevens were to get out:

Update [2008-10-27 16:55:34 by Jonathan Singer]: An attorney involved in Democratic electoral law informs me that Stevens can not be removed from the ballot, so the Republicans will not be able to replace him with another choice and are thus stuck with him as their nominee.

All seven counts below the fold for your perusal...

Count 1:

A scheme to knowingly and willfully conceal material facts from the Senate Select Committee on Ethics through a deliberate plan. This charge relates to all of the Senator’s financial disclosure forms between 2000 and 2006.

Count 2:

False statements on Stevens’ financial disclosure form for calendar year 2001. This charge involves gifts from or liabilities to Bill Allen, VECO, Bob Persons and Robert Penney. Among the items the government alleged that Stevens accepted as unreported gifts in this year are the services of an architect and other VECO employees, major renovations on Stevens’ home, a Viking gas grill, an electric massage chair and other items.

Count 3:

False statements on the Senator’s financial disclosure form for calendar year 2002. This charge involves gifts from or liabilities to Bill Allen, VECO, Robert Penney and others. Among the items the government alleged that Stevens accepted as unreported gifts in this year are a lower deck with a plastic roof, extensive holiday lighting and a sculpture of salmon worth at least $29,000, which Stevens said was a gift to his foundation. This charge may include any liabilities carried over from prior years.

Count 4:

False statements on the Senator’s financial disclosure form for calendar year 2003. This charge involves gifts from or liabilities to Bill Allen, VECO, Robert Penney. The government alleges that Stevens accepted a sled dog worth about $1,000, but filed to report its true value and its true source. This charge may include any liabilities carried over from prior years.

Count 5:

False statements on the Senator’s financial disclosure form for calendar year 2004. This charge involves gifts from or liabilities to Bill Allen and VECO. Among the items the government alleged that Stevens accepted as unreported gifts in this year are household appliances and a heat tape system for melting snow on his roof. This charge may include any liabilities carried over from prior years.

Count 6:

False statements on the Senator’s financial disclosure form for calendar year 2005. This charge involves gifts from or liabilities to Bill Allen and VECO. Among the items the government alleged that Stevens accepted as unreported gifts in this year are roof repairs and electrical work. This charge may include any liabilities carried over from prior years.

Count 7:

False statements on the Senator’s financial disclosure form for calendar year 2006. This charge involves gifts from or liabilities to Bill Allen and VECO. The government alleges that Stevens accepted free plumbing services which he did not report as a gift. This charge may include any liabilities carried over from prior years.

Tags: Election 08, Ted Stevens (all tags)

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Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

one more day that the GOP brand takes a hit and the McCain's lies will be pushed off the evening news. One more day that fate aligns itself with the Democrats against Republicans. Anyone who votes for McCain can truly be called stupid and brainless.

by tarheel74 2008-10-27 12:09PM | 0 recs
Jury: The People in microcosm

by Paul Goodman 2008-10-27 12:09PM | 0 recs
I got 5 Bucks says

That he STILL gets over 45% of the vote in Alaska!

What, they are JUST now going to figure out he's a crook?

He's a crook, but he's their crook.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: I got 5 Bucks says

Or vote for him with the intention of Palin appointing Parnell to Tubes' seat if he were to be re-elected and then resign.

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-10-27 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: I got 5 Bucks says

Yeah, after all, he's just a convicted felon?

Better then a Democrat for most of the wingnuts....

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: I got 5 Bucks says

I thought Alaska changed the law to provide for special elections instead of gubernatorial appointment of a replacement, to avoid a repeat of the Lisa Murkowski debacle.

by Steve M 2008-10-27 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: I got 5 Bucks says

Hey, all I care is that he loses as a result.  Be it by 2 votes or 200,000 votes, as long as he's kicked out.
by killjoy 2008-10-27 01:06PM | 0 recs
Once again the old adage from Lord Acton

proves true..

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

At this point however, it is hard to refer Ted Stevens as a great man...

by louisprandtl 2008-10-27 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Nightmare scenario:

Palin pulls some strings and steals the election for Stevens. he gets kicked out of the Senate and who does she nominate in his place?  Why herself, of course!

by LordMike 2008-10-27 12:25PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Wow, that would be a nightmare.

No, but she has national ambitions and a governor she will remain!

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-10-27 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Agreed, a minority party senator, WAY DOWN on the list for committee subchairmanships.

Too low profile, she starts campaigning to 2012 with the base, and doing it from Alaska is much easier then in the din and noise of congress.

Besides she needs to run AGAINST congress and DC, not join it..Till she is ready to show them her Mavericky ways!

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

You're on a roll!

You really don't like Palin, don't you?

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-10-27 12:30PM | 0 recs
I could care less about her

It's the segment of the party she appeals to that repulses me.

She is just an opportunist, without her looks and her profile, she never gets farther then running a state like Alaska. She's smart enough, err, CLEVER enough to get that far, but that's as far as she should go.

The idea that she could end up in the Whitehouse with the codes for the Nuclear Football is straight out of a Stephen King novel.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: I could care less about her

Stephen King novel...

HA!

She's awfully telegenic, I agree.  She knows all about the power of looking into the camera.  I guess that's why the base thinks she's Regan incarnate.

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-10-27 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: I could care less about her

Telegenic or Telekinetic?   If she is telekinetic, I think we are all in trouble.  No wonder those voting machines keep flipping to McCain/Palin.

by gavoter 2008-10-27 01:33PM | 0 recs
Re: I could care less about her

stillson begins.

by Doug Tuttle 2008-10-27 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

I love Hitchens take on her:

This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured.

by gavoter 2008-10-27 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Yeah, I saw him on Larry King, he was just brutal!

They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured.

Well, less envious that downright hateful, if you see the videos of the cretins leaving the Palin rallies.

Those folks are literally cast from the movie Idiocracy, if you have seen it.

Hitch is kind of an a-hole, but he knows a complete hoax when he sees one.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:54PM | 0 recs
He can blame this on ACORN, Right?

Just saying, they blame everything else on it.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Funny you should mention that....I drew something along those lines.

www.thecolonelandcompany.com

by MtnFrost 2008-10-27 12:45PM | 0 recs
hot damn
This is good news, for us.
So now we know we should be getting that AK Senate Seat.
by gavoter 2008-10-27 12:50PM | 0 recs
Re: hot damn

Don't be too sure...

This is Alaska we are talking about.

Heck, they will probably re-elect him just to be contrarian!

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: hot damn
Could be, but at the same time, this guarantees that tonights news cycle will be all about the corrupt Alaska Senator, emphasis on Alaska.  Now, all day tomorrow (at least) Palin will have to deal with the Stevens issue.
Will she now demand he resign?
by gavoter 2008-10-27 01:02PM | 0 recs
You're right of course

Another lost news cycle, that the Republicans can't try and grab.

Kind of like the gods have their thumbs on the scale this time against the bad guys....

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 01:10PM | 0 recs
And of course

Stevens brought this on himself.

He fast-tracked the trial, wanted it cleared up before election day.

He figured he would beat it...

Hubris comes before the fall.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 01:11PM | 0 recs
Kay Hagan Camp: Dole must return Stevens' $11k

"Elizabeth Dole returned only a portion of the $21,000 Ted Stevens gave to her campaign when he was indicted. He's now a convicted felon and any excuse she had previously has gone out the window. Dole must now return the remaining $11,000, or else send the message to North Carolinians that she and her colleagues in the U.S. Senate, like Ted Stevens, are open for business," Hagan Campaign Communications Director Colleen Flanagan said. "In addition, she must immediately and forcefully oppose any pardon that George Bush may offer Stevens on his way out of office in January. The American people have had enough, and with every vote cast, they are sending a clear message that more of the same is no longer the way it's going to be. A pardon of Ted Stevens, and Dole's silence on the matter, would fly in the face of all the hardworking Americans who know that our elected representatives are there to serve us, not themselves."

Among other things, Stevens accepted the construction of a new first floor, garage and wraparound deck on a vacation home he called the "chalet." Dole received $1,000 from Stevens' campaign committee and she received $20,000 from his political action committee (PAC), Northern Lights PAC. As the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Dole also accepted more than $230,000 from Stevens' PAC on behalf of the NRSC.

Disclosure: I am Kay Hagan's Online Communications Director

http://www.kayhagan.com

by ScottZumwalt 2008-10-27 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING:

I think this could be similar to 2006 when the whole Foley scandel cost the GOP a couple of % in the election.  There are still some very close senate races: MN, MS, KY, and GA are all very close.  This could be the last straw that gives us a small bump and we can win three of these four.

david

by giusd 2008-10-27 01:19PM | 0 recs
Anything that takes out Saxby Chambliss in GA

That jerk took 6 deferments to skip NAM, then slimed Max Cleland in his campaign for senate.

There is no hell deep or hot enough for Saxby.

Yet, he still seems to have a slight lead in the polls?  

Georgia, what the hell is wrong with you folks?

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

How can anyone support someone who pals around with convicted criminals!

by ACinCA 2008-10-27 02:07PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Ted Stevens Guilty On All Counts

Let's take just a minute to appreciate the jury in this case. They sat for several weeks listening to the opening statements, testimony and closing arguments, as well as hours of jury instructions.

They handled a troublesome juror, apparently with success. They dealt quickly and effectively with the need to replace a juror with an alternate, which can sometimes really foul up the jury's process.

They also need to be praised for their attention to detail. Recent reports are that they noticed a glitch in the indictment which neither the prosecutors nor the defense team had noticed.

Even more significantly, they had listened carefully to the prosecutor's questions and arguments. At some point, according to reports, the prosecutor pointed out that if Stevens had received items but had yet to pay for them, those were supposed to be listed in the disclosure report as liabilities. The jury remembered this and asked for further instructions from the judge on how to deal with it.

This jury realized the importance of that. If Stevens received the items as gifts, he had broken the law by not reporting them as gifts. If he regarded them as items he needed to pay for, as he testified, he needed to list them as liabilities. The jury correctly saw this as Stevens falsifying the disclosure report either way.

There are sometimes careless or misinformed juries. This case proves that juries can perform very well, and deliver real justice.

by anoregonreader 2008-10-27 02:15PM | 0 recs

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