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. Informed Voter in FL

    Sure you are Steven .. Sure you are ... LOL

    October 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Jeffer65

    84 years old. Stay home, Stevens. Normal people retire at 65 or 70. Why don't politicians like this guy and McCain do the same thing?

    October 27, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Gene

    Denial of black and white facts must be contagious in Alaskan government.

    October 27, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Wes

    Wow. Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens sure find strange ways to be found innocent when investigated.

    Facts mater not I guess, only the delusional verbage.

    October 27, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    So I take it denial is a big part of Alaskan political culture? No wonder the GOP does so well up there.

    October 27, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    It surely does not sound like the man is innocent! He should NOT be allowed to remain on the ballot. I find that appalling! He is 86, long past time to retire. I cannot believe that Palin is endorsing this man now! I'm quite sure she is as quilty of such behavior as he is. She is way too tied to the Oil Companies up there NOT to BE!

    October 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. mbg

    Ugh your guilty man hope they save room in the prison for the Govener of your state. She is just as corrupt as you!

    October 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Rorschach

    Such hubris... Stevens, you and others like you are the death of the modern Republican party.

    October 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Brian

    LOL

    October 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Voter

    This and the people that pushed or LESS regulation on Wall Street committed FINANCIAL TERRORISM against US citizens.

    ETHICS REGULATORS PLS!!

    October 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Obama/Biden 08!

    Just like Rove and Palin are innocent too!! Pull up your socks and take JAIL like a big boy!!

    October 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Tomkat in Seattle

    Haha! Sounds like Gov. Palin when she said that she was exonerated from any wrongdoing. Striped pajamas for the both of them!

    -Tomkat-

    October 27, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Yeah, they're all innocent. This is what we have populating congress.

    October 27, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Chicken Little's Hardhat Company

    Of course Stevens is innocent. Just like every other convict in prison.

    October 27, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. OJ did it

    I wonder if he'll spend the rest of his life looking for the 'real' senator that covered up hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts.

    October 27, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Red, Red WHINE!!

    You're a republican...GUILTY!

    By definition and by GOP policies, republicans are NEVER innocent. You only have two kinds of republicans. Those that get away with being a criminal, and those that get caught!

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Indiana Joe

    What's with Alaskans and being involved in nasty stuff... Sarah Palin is already involved in corruption, unethical behavior and abuse of power ("trooper-gate"). Where are the "mavericks"? Obviously "change" is not coming from Alaska... with all respect to decent people from Alaska...

    FACT: The McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which BOTH CANDIATES were found to have VIOLATED ETHICS STANDARDS before a national election.

    No way, No how, No corruption, NO McCAIN/PALIN...

    FOR REAL NEEDED CHANGE, VOTE OBAMA / BIDEN NOW..!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. milton

    This is a quote from Sara Palin "...Senator Stevens from this point on will do the right thing for the people of Alaska". She couldn't bring herself to say it but the right thing is to RESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. linda from South Dakota

    ya do the crime, ya serve the time,,,,,

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Lisa Dee

    What a lieing idiot...and from Alaska too!

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Roland

    GOP = Greed Over Principle!

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Million dollar house, gifts, Jacuzzi’s, abuse of power, REFUSE to admit guilt and repeated instances of sexist.
    Sounds similar to the other Alaska pale arounder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News: she became a reinforcement of her caricature. She never allowed herself to be vetted, and at the end of the day, voters turned against her both in terms of qualifications and personally."

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Allan

    Aww, poor Ted. Now that he's a convicted felon, he won't be allowed to vote for himself or his partner in crime Sarah Palin.

    October 27, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Luke

    Boo Hoo. i hope he gets everything seized!

    October 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Lynne - Seattle

    All I can say is that a jury of his peers didn't think so.

    October 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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