The news just broke on the wire services, MSNBC, and…
… CNN. Stevens has been found guilty on seven felony counts of lying to law enforcement authorities. Manu Radu at The Hill reports:
McClatchy's Erika Bolstad and Rich Mauer report:
Stevens, who was indicted in late July, sought an early trial date, gambling he would face voters as an innocent man. Even without the conviction, though, to re-elect Stevens, voters would have to overlook four weeks of testimony that exposed some of the senator’s innermost financial and personal secrets to the world.
The guilty verdict will complicate not only his re-election bid but also the remainder of his term in the Senate. His colleagues have the option — never actually exercised — of voting to expel him before his term ends in January. Four U.S. senators have been convicted of crimes, historians note, but not one has ever received a presidential pardon.
As for his political future? Nail, meet coffin.