Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, issued a statement tonight, saying, "I am obviously disappointed in the verdict but not surprised given the repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in this case. The prosecutors had to report themselves to the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility during the trial for ethical violations. Exculpatory evidence was hidden from my lawyers. A witness was kept from us and then sent back to Alaska. The Government lawyers allowed evidence to be introduced that they knew was false. I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have."Continued Stevens: "I am innocent. This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial. I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate."
Our Senate reporter, Z. Byron Wolf, asks a pertinent question…Can Stevens vote for himself Tuesday given his criminal status?
Jonathan O'Quinn, program manager of the Alaska elections division, says, "The State of Alaska Division of Elections is currently reviewing this issue with the Department of Law to determine if the crimes are considered felonies involving moral turpitude under Alaska law. Voting rights in Alaska are only removed when a person has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude."
"Moral turpitude" is a vague term, however, already creating confusion when it comes to voting rights in Alabama.