Grand Old Police Blotter: Take His Hulk Tie And Shoelaces, He's Goin' Away
A corrupt Alaska Republican not named Palin makes the news today. The Duke Cunningham of the North is going to the federal pen:
The verdict was announced just after 4 p.m. in a packed courtroom in U.S. District Court in Washington. Stevens (R) sat quietly as the jury foreman said the panel had reached a unanimous decision and found Stevens guilty on all seven counts of filing false financial disclosure forms.
Jurors, who re-started their deliberations at 9:30 a.m. today when a juror was replaced by an alternate, were somber as they walked into the courtroom to deliver the verdict and did not look at Stevens. No sentencing date has been set, and Stevens's attorneys are expected to file motions seeking to have the verdict set aside.
Despite the guilty verdict, Stevens remains on the ballot in Alaska, where he is locked in a tight race with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.
Stevens was also accused of accepting other gifts, ranging from a $2,700 massage chair to a sled dog....
In the case of the chair, a friend testified he gave the Brookstone lounger to Stevens as a gift. But the senator sent him an e-mail at the time saying the chair was just a loan. Stevens asserted on the witness stand that the lounger was only a loan, even though it has been in his basement for seven years.
Seven years is a long time, as Senator Ted will soon find out. All that time just for acting like a typical Republican -- and getting caught.