October 22, 2008

Nina Totenberg thinks Ted Stevens will be convicted.

Listen to the last line of her report.

29 comments:

MadisonMan said...

Will anyone be sad if he is convicted? (Outside his immediate family, that is)

AllenS said...

The last line: "Many looked away."

MadisonMan said...

If they look at the Prosecutor during summing up, and they look away from defense attorney during summing up, does that mean a conviction is looming?

ElcubanitoKC said...

Good riddance. I hope he stays in until he pays for his wicked ways.

Ann Althouse said...

MadisonMan said..."If they look at the Prosecutor during summing up, and they look away from defense attorney during summing up, does that mean a conviction is looming?"

You can certainly tell that Totenberg thinks so.

TMink said...

Well, the hubris of his defense, "I told them to bill me for the hundreds of thousands of dollars of work" and "It was not a gift ot me" stuff are all I need to know.

He was a corrupt public "srrvant" who was really just a pimp.

Good riddance.

Trey

Simon said...

But didn't General Powell endorse him?

Ah well. My question is what happens if he's convicted. Is it too late for the Alaska GOP to caucus in anyone else?

Doyle said...

He better be convicted. His defense seems to amount to "I don't know how this extra floor got added to my house because that's the wife's domain."

bleeper said...

Dang, I thought that was Ted Nugent, not Ted Stevens. Rock on, you bridge building nut...

Palladian said...

Will he wear his Incredible Hulk tie to his sentencing?

SteveR said...

In terms of congressional crooks, he's the tip of the iceberg but a damn good start. As someone who's dealt with government contracts that somehow managed to get favorable treatment due to the inclusion of some "native Alaskan" small business (run entirely by 100% European descended Americans) for work in any U.S. state and several foreign countries, his conviction is mere confirmation of established SOP.

Bob said...

Well Ted just deserves this cause he's stupid. He should have done the Democrat route and just stuffed the cash in the freezer. Seem any of them go to trial?

Paddy O. said...

"He should have done the Democrat route and just stuffed the cash in the freezer."

Or become the head of an important committee. Or run for president. Or, well, just be a democrat during an election year.

Very bad decision making on his part.

The Drill SGT said...

I think he's a crook

I think he may be guilty here.

I am not certain that the evidence was convincing and that there was not enough ambiguity to allow 1 juror to find him not guilty

Richard Dolan said...

Since the vast majority of federal prosecutions end in a conviction on at least one charge (I haven't checked the stats lately but it is north of 95%), Totenberg isn't saying much here.

cardeblu said...

Simon said...
But didn't General Powell endorse him?

He didn't "endorse" him, but he was a character witness for Stevens at his trial.

"Powell said he had known Stevens for "about 25 years," dating back to the mid-1980s, and said he had a "sterling" reputation for integrity and reliability."

What I find really funny are the posted comments on the above article which were made about a week or so before Powell endorsed Obama.

Chip Ahoy said...

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Titusdoesntbottom said...

That would be devastating.

I for one will miss his Green Hulk ties.

Can they be maybe put on ebay to help pay for his legal bills?

MadisonMan said...

chip, it (firefox) works just fine for me on my linux box.

Bissage said...

Sen. Ted Stevens . . . was he the guy with the wide stance?

Roger J. said...

Nina Totenberg is a great example of a lawyer turned journalist--the worst of both possible worlds--That said, Stevens richly deserves jail time--and when is Rep Jefferson coming to trial? And when are the dems going to censure Rep Foley's replacement? Anyone?

blake said...

Crickets, Roger J.

mccullough said...

Like Obama, Stevens is a proud graduate of the Harvard Law School. So he must be very, very smart.

Does anyone besides Gen./Sec. Powell think Stevens is a man of integrity?

mccullough said...

Roger,

I don't think Totenberg was ever an attorney.

She used to be married to the other senator from Colorado (not Gary Hart) but he died like 10 years ago. I think he was 30 years older than she was.

I wonder what her dead husband thought about Ted Stevens

Roger J. said...

McCullough--I think you are correct, but if Clarise Feldman is right, Ms Totenberg did get a JD but never become a lawyer.

Blake: crickets indeed--gross malfeaseance is not a crime when democrats are involved--

You would think, however, that at least one of our libral douchebags would at least muster up the moral clarity to denounce the crooks on their side. Alas. Gutless spineless wonders all. No moral compass at all.

AJ Lynch said...

Let's see re Congressman Jefferson. Hurricane Katrina was more than three years ago. Jefferson made the National Guard drive thru the floodwaters so he could make sure his refrigator was safe and intact. That is where he stored his $90K in cash.

So WTF has he not been tried yet? Malfeasance in the atty general's office? Lack of interest?

Trooper York said...

"Nina Totenberg is a great example of a lawyer turned journalist"

Hee, hee.

"Ms Totenberg did get a JD but never become a lawyer."

Ha, ha.

You are killing me, stop!

Trooper York said...

You would have to search far and wide to find a better example of what it means to be a "journalist" as Nina Tottenberg.

Someone as "Objective." "Even handed." "Professional." "Non-partisan."

I have to go before I pee my pants.

Fletch said...

Trooper York-

I have to go before I pee my pants.

Dude! The Steelers aren't putting a beatdown on your (World Champion) Giants until Sunday afternoon...