'I Have Not Been Convicted of Anything': Stevens

Nonetheless, Alaska senators plans appeal of last week's verdict in DC
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2008 4:11 PM CDT
'I Have Not Been Convicted of Anything': Stevens
Sen. Ted Stevens arrives at federal court in Washington, Oct. 27, 2008, during his corruption trial.   (AP Photo)

Ted Stevens said he had “not been convicted of anything,” during a debate last night with the Democratic challenger to his Alaska Senate seat, Politico reports—despite being convicted Monday on corruption charges. The 84-year old Republican alleges prosecutorial misconduct and plans an appeal, though top GOP figures—including John McCain and Sarah Palin—have called for his resignation. 

“I have a got a case pending against me, and probably the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct by the prosecutors that is known,” Stevens said. “I had a talk this afternoon, with one of the attorneys here, a former US attorney, who told me he was appalled by what went on in that case. So I think you’ll find out. I will succeed, and I will be found innocent.” (Read more Ted Stevens stories.)

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