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Friday, October 31, 2008

Depends on what you mean by "convicted"

The latest from Ted Stevens, via the New York Times:

By Thursday night, at a debate with his Democratic rival, Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, Mr. Stevens said that not only would he be vindicated but that he had been the victim of a “massive abuse of government power,” one that legal scholars would study for years for the breadth of its injustice.

I have not been convicted of anything yet,” he said, a reference to the fact that a conviction does not formally take place until a judge enters final judgment upon sentencing. The guilty verdicts, he said, were “a temporary situation,” an incremental setback until a judge throws them out or Mr. Stevens wins on appeal.

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