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Ted Stevens to be guilty of 7 counts [4/1/09 - Justice Dept. wants to drop charges]

Old 07-29-08, 11:59 AM
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Ted Stevens to be guilty of 7 counts [4/1/09 - Justice Dept. wants to drop charges]

Breaking news on Fox News. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,393562,00.html


WASHINGTON —
The Justice Department has indicted Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, on seven counts of making false statements to federal officers investigating an Alaska businessman.

The Justice Department has announced a 1:20 p.m. ET press conference.

The indictment alleges that Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, made false representations in his Senate financial disclosure forms and to federal investigators in an effort to cover his receiving significant construction services on his Girdwood, Alaska, home.

Those services came from Bill Allen and the company he founded, VECO Corp, an influential Alaska oil services firm that has been the focus of federal investigators in an ongoing public corruption probe spanning the last two years.

In 2000, Allen oversaw construction on Stevens' house in the ski community of Girdwood. Stevens has claimed he paid for all the construction.

In the indictment, officials said VECO built Stevens, among other things, a new first floor to the house, a new garage, a new first- and second-floor wraparound deck, and new plumbing and wiring. VECO also provided him with expensive new vehicles in exchange for his used cars, furniture, household goods, a new tool chest stocked with tools, a brand new gas grill, and other items.

Investigators estimate the value of the material provided to Stevens to be $250,000.

Officials also allege he falsified his disclosure statements between 1999 and 2006, and possibly longer, to cover up his gains.

Prosecutors also said Stevens "took multiple steps to continue" receiving things from VECO and Allen. At the time of the construction, the indictment says, Allen and other VECO employees were soliciting Stevens for "multiple official actions .... knowing that Stevens could and did use his official position and his office on behalf of VECO during that same time period."

VECO's requests included funding and other aid for the oil services company's projects and partnerships in Pakistan and Russia. It also included federal grants from several agencies — as well as help in building a national gas pipeline in Alaska's North Slope Region, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Nearly one year ago to the day, federal investigators raided Stevens' Alaska home. Investigators also secretly taped conversations between Allen and Stevens.

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In their report of this, <i>The Hill</i> described him as "The longest-serving senator in United States history..."

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...008-07-29.html

One assumes they'll fix this mistake.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:11 PM
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get him out of office
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Originally Posted by Venusian
get him out of office
Agreed...should there be an age limit on these guys? Sure seems like once they get to their late 70s, they go downhill fast (their politics and their health). I think his term is up this year anyways.
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Once my staff sends me the internet through a series of tubes, I'll be able to read this story for myself.
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He's not going to leave office until ANWR is opened up for drilling.

At least that is what he says.
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No - there shouldn't be a age limit.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
No - there shouldn't be a age limit.
says the old guy

there is an age bottom, why not an age top?
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
In their report of this, <i>The Hill</i> described him as "The longest-serving senator in United States history..."

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...008-07-29.html

One assumes they'll fix this mistake.

Unless it's changed already it's "the longest-serving Republican" which afaik is true.
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it changed already, it said Senator before
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Because the Constitution doesn't provide one.

Perhaps you could lead a drive for a Constitutional Amendment.
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Originally Posted by Venusian
it changed already, it said Senator before
Yeah, I just copied and pasted.

I'd like to think copy editors at <i>The Hill</i> would know this sort of thing. Maybe they should hire me and c-man.
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That's not like The Hill to make that kind of mistake.

It's an excellent publication, IMO.
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I'd love to see this douche locked away.
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Perhaps the "Bridge to Nowhere" actually leads to a nice jail cell?
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What is your problem with Stevens?

Is the same irrational problem that you seem to have with all our representatives?
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Question: What do y'all think will happen to all these indictments?
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I want him out of public office.

I want him sent to pound-you-in-the-ass prison.

I want him there for the remainder of his life, where I will send him harassing correspondence bi-anually.

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Originally Posted by Groucho
Once my staff sends me the internet through a series of tubes, I'll be able to read this story for myself.

Remember - it's not a big truck.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Once my staff sends me the internet through a series of tubes, I'll be able to read this story for myself.
Good luck on that. The tubes are constantly clogged.
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Originally Posted by CRM114
Good luck on that. The tubes are constantly clogged.
But he's successfully put enough of a stop to internet gambling that they shouldn't be clogged, right? I mean, since there are no longer huge gambling chips being transmitted over the series of tubes, it's gotta be working better by now.
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They've come a long way in pneumatic tubes so I'd hope so...
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Originally Posted by classicman2
What is your problem with Stevens?

Is the same irrational problem that you seem to have with all our representatives?
You think it's appropriate to take payoffs for legislation? Is that not a "problem" for you?

And his senility may be another factor.
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This is why I will always be for term-limits, cause no matter whether you are D or R, after serving this many years in Congress, it eventually leads to corruption. Now I am not saying that all senators/congressman are corrupt, but it seems to me guys like Ted Stevens feel they are bulletproof and just do what they want. What happened to Chris Dodd with the whole mortgage bill as he was under suspicion of getting low interest loans that may have been a conflict of interest? Man, these guys piss me in Washington.
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And his senility may be another factor.
I retract my suggestion that there should be an age limit, there should be mandatory senility tests after, say, age 75.
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Perhaps the "Bridge to Nowhere" actually leads to a nice jail cell?

I bet Ted wishes he actually resigned like he threatened to do in his hissy fit about the Bridge a few years ago.
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