Among the many bizarre outcomes made possible by the conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) is the strong possibility that as a convicted felon he can still run for and serve in the Senate, but may have lost his right to vote – if his crime is seen as one of “moral turpitude,” according to the Alaska Public Radio Network, he would not be able to support his own candidacy at the ballot box. Stevens has continued to proclaim his innocence and plans to appeal. He is also asking for an investigation of the prosecuting team.
RBR/TVBR observation: We’d expect that if the prosecutors got a conviction this time, despite making mistakes that led to serious rebukes from the judge, a new team that does a better job of coloring within the lines would make an even stronger case. As it was, despite the judge’s antipathy toward the prosecutors, the defense was unable to get either a dismissal or a mistrial.