Politician Crooks: A real possibility...?

United States
October 27, 2008 6:25pm CST
From the New York Times (regarding Senator Stevens) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/washington/28stevens.html?em The maximum sentence on each of the felony charges is five years in prison, but federal sentencing guidelines could call for much less than that. Mr. Stevens will turn 85 on Nov. 18. Judge Emmet Su llivan did not set a date for sentencing, but said it would be after February. A senator can be expelled only by a two-thirds vote of the entire Senate, so a conviction does not automaticallycost a lawmaker his seat. Since 1789, only 15 senators have been expelled, mostly for supporting the Confederacy during the Civil War, according to the Senate Web site.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
28 Oct 08
That is absurd. I would hope that he at least does not get any say in matters while he is in jail.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Oct 08
"There is no criminal class in america except congress" ~Samual Clemens Sad isn't it? I'm not advocating changing the constitution to remedy this, I'm pretty apposed to anything that alters this document. but I think EVERYONe should be writing their congresional reps and demanding such a vote to have him removed form office over this.
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@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
28 Oct 08
It should be surprising. But its not. It will be interesting to see how his appeal goes. I just read where he plans on fighting the conviction.
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