Monday, October 27, 2008

Prison Bars Are a Series of Tubes, Part 2

You may remember Ted Stevens, Republican Senator from Alaska. He was mocked for his explaination of the Internet as "a series of tubes." He's got a long voting record... a lot of it shitty.

Anyway... he has been found guilty of corruption in Alaska for kickbacks to improve his mountain cabin.

How much worse can it get for the Republican's this year? Hopefully a little bit worse on Nov 4. It shows the level of corruption in Congress. These are just the ones who get CAUGHT!

I'm hoping the Democrats, now on the verge of landslide wins, will heed these lessons in power and corruption and avoid similar pitfalls... but I doubt it.
WASHINGTON — Ted Stevens, a pillar of the Senate for 40 years and the face of Alaska politics almost since statehood, was convicted of a seven-felony string of corruption charges Monday _ found guilty of accepting a bonanza of home renovations and fancy trimmings from an oil executive and then lying about it.

Visibly shaken after the verdicts were read _ the jury foreman declaring "guilty" seven times _ Stevens tried to intertwine his fingers but quickly put his hands down to his side after noticing they were trembling. As he left the courtroom, he got a quick kiss on the cheek from his wife, Catherine, who testified on his behalf during the trial.

Stevens faces up to five years in prison on each count when he is sentenced, but under federal guidelines he is likely to receive much less time, if any. The judge did not immediately set a sentencing date.

Stevens said he had no idea he was getting freebies. He said his wife handled the business of the renovation. He said he paid $160,000 for the project and believed that covered everything.



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