Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stevens Waiting For a Verdict

What could be the final chapter in the career of Senator Ted Stevens began this afternoon.

A jury began deliberating earlier whether to convict Stevens on seven felony counts related to going out of his way to disclose numerous gifts he received.  The last US Senator  to be convicted of a felony was in 1981 when Harrison Williams was found guilty of bribery and conspiracy. Only five sitting US Senators have been found guilty of felonies while in office.

Mark Begich, is poised to become the first Democratic Senator from Alaska since 1974. He has led by small margins in recent polls. The soon to be heard verdict is sure to have a profound impact on the outcome of the race.

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