(WASHINGTON) — Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska's political patriarch. The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, added further uncertainty to a closely watched Senate race. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Stevens, 84, was convicted of all the charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating last week.
Hypocrisy at its best.
Senator Stevens, who voted against the DREAM Act last October, was found guilty of corruption. This is a man who wants to punish DREAMers for a crime they did not commit; yet he himself is found guilty of doing exactly that: committing a crime. Let's not forget that DREAMers came to this country as children, through no choice of their own. Senator Stevens is 84 years old, I'm sure he was well-aware of what he was doing. I guess it's true what they say; "what goes around comes around."