October 27th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Stevens: 'I am innocent'

A jury found Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens guilty Monday on federal charges of making false statements on Senate disclosure forms.
A jury found Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens guilty Monday on federal charges of making false statements on Senate disclosure forms.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens vowed to fight his Monday conviction on federal corruption charges, a verdict he attributed to "repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct."

"I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have," the 84-year-old Stevens, the Senate's longest-serving Republican, said in a written statement after the jury came back Monday afternoon. "I am innocent."

Stevens was convicted of seven counts of making false statements on Senate ethics forms to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and work on his Alaska home from an oilfield contractor at the center of a corruption probe in the state.

The verdict came days before he is to face voters in a neck-and-neck re-election bid back home. He vowed to get the results overturned and added, "I remain a candidate for the United States Senate."


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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Abul

    SURE, You are!!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Abul

    Like Palin!!

    October 27, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. paula

    Palin worked on his PAC committee, bet he taught her all he knows abuot ABUSE OF POWER

    October 27, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Seth

    His hand has been out since 1968. Typical Republican–rich is never rich enough!

    October 27, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have," the 84-year-old Stevens..."

    dont waste your final, shameful days, dude, you are as innocent as karl rove, steve schmidt and the rest of the evil cabal!!!! stock up on marshmallows, creep, cuz you guys gots some REALLY hot days in yoru futures!!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. jenny

    Even on his way to the slammer this idiot is still saying he's notguilty.Do you know who is next? The Alaska Govenor-–she must be very uneasy about all the freebies she took to build her mansion.

    October 27, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Te

    Another example of how politicians have failed miserably.

    Hopefully, McCain,73, will retire now.

    October 27, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. The World for Obama

    He's a dirty old CROOK.

    However, judging from who the Alaskans elected "Governor", they'll probably keep him in office.

    SCUM.

    October 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Republican John McCain said Sunday that one-third of the $150,000 that the GOP spent on clothing and accessories for his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her family, "is given back."
    ONE WORD.................NASTY and THIS FOOLS NO ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. john e. mop

    yeah, another nut job that doesn't know how many houses he has. come on,everybody has their house renovated inside and out and says " I didn't know they did that!" obama/biden 08

    October 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Nick

    Is this just the way that Alaska politicians respond in general when they get caught doing something? Palin gets caught, her response is "nu-uh", Stevens gets caught, his response is "innocent"? They're both jesters, right? They were cooked up as part of the writer's strike or something to get people to stay tuned in and entertained, right?

    October 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Jonathan

    you know what? who cares about D.C. or this election when rebelling could be sooooooo much more fun. Whose with me?

    October 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. BK

    The real question is: Is there anyone in the Senate that isn't guilty of corruption in some way? In either party? For every one we catch there are probably five more that we never know about.

    October 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Gene

    So.. is it fair to say that Palin's political career was launched from a felon's living room? I'm just saying... one good turn deserves another :)

    October 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Louis

    Stevens proclaims his innocence!! He can now join O.J. Simpson in the prison for the wrongly convicted.

    October 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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