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. Donkey Party

    Of course he's innocent, every politician from Alaska is innocent even after they've been proven guilty, just ask Gov. Palin...

    October 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. S. Boatman

    This Means That Sarah Palin Pals Around With Felons!

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    Its sad to see a politician from either side be found guilty of corruption.

    Sen. Stevens, a warning to you and all the other Republicans, be careful whom you slander, attack and LIE about, because there IS KARMA, there IS Justice!

    What goes around comes around!

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Observer

    Looks like the GOP just can't get a break this year.

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. a well educated woman

    Typical Repub. When is this going to stop?

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Rose

    I am truly sick of this "there must be something in the water in Alaska" nonsense. I do believeStevens and Palin to be corrupt and should be booted. My boyfriend lived in Alaska when he was in the military and it's like nothing else. It's a beautiful place with great people. Please remember that the people of Alaska are the victims of a corrupt political system. But it happens everywhere. We really need some more power over our own government.

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. voter

    Stevens says he is innocent. Well he has been convicted for lying so I don't trust his word. Another seat picked up by dems in the senate. close to a 60 majority.

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. JIM IN INDIANA

    so was oj

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Joe T.

    The ethics in this country have gone down the toilet.

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

    Sadly, the way Senate rules and practices go, he could – if reelected – remain as a Senator, unless the ethics committee decides to oust him, something they haven't shown any great enthusiasm to do.

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. ron

    After watching the movie recount, I now understand that voting in America is a 2 fold process. First, vote. Second, make sure the republicans haven't taking you off the voter registration list because your name is similar to some other guys.

    Only in the states do you have republicans fraudsters in control of the voting process. How is this possible. I think voting in 3rd world countries is more organized.

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. ohio

    tell that to BUSH idiot there are alot of you we need to kick out

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Steve

    Apparently not. You were tried, judged by a jury of your peers, and found guilty on all counts. End of story.

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. ron

    oh ya, stevens is a crook.

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Let it go..........

    Think Craig, Foley, Libby, Abramholf, Stevens...Palin... What kind of CRAZY people can vote for that kind of crap and call themselves a "REAL" American?

    October 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. tee

    Of course you are

    October 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. CM

    Reminds me of President Nixon's statement, 'I am not a crook'!

    October 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Joe Regis

    One less republican seat to worry about and to capture. I do not think Alaskians can elect a convict. The repubs are doomed next week Nov 4th. They are going down everywhere as the people will show them their frustration and vote for any democrats they can find.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. beachgirl

    We're all INNOCENTS 'til WE ARE FOUND GUILTY!!!!! Stevens.
    YOU ABUSED YOUR POWERS you have to pay and suffer the consequences! That is the law THAT EVERY AMERICAN has to RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another Republican abuser!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. former gop

    Ha-ha.

    October 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Wayne

    After seeing and hearing Palin for the upteenth time, I'm finally fed up. She's a fool who has a big mouth and nothing to say except to bash Obama. She says nothing concerning our country and the disaster we're in.
    OBAMA*BIDEN

    October 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. McHoover Will Destroy What is Left of America

    Sure Ted.

    You just came home one day and your house was twice as big as it was when I left and then you forgot to ask how the 100s of thousands of dollars were going to be paid out.

    Happens all the time.

    Enjoy your stay in federal prison. You deserve it.

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

    You forgot to say: "I am not a crook!" Hahahahaha

    October 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. ruty

    Sure, Sen. Stevens you are innocent just like Palin is in troopergated. I hope she gets what you got.

    October 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Peter (CA)

    Someone needs to tell the good Senator that there is a difference between "I am innocent" and "I did not think I was going to get caught."

    October 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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