Innocent Until Out of Appeals

Oh the irony. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) contends that he is not a convicted felon until he exhausts his appeals process. Nice.

This is an interesting standard from a guy who voted to restrict the number of appeals that death row inmates can utilize.

Does the Senator believe that a convicted sex offender, murder, or other unseemly character appealing his or her conviction, is not a convict? I doubt it, but under the standard espoused by the Senator, that would be the case.

Stevens may not be in federal custody, or in jail, or anything else, but that doesn’t make him any less a convict. The long hard truth of the matter is that Ted Stevens has been convicted, and until that conviction is overturned, he is a convict, period.

I love the way Republicans will do just about anything to keep from being held accountable for their misdeeds, or from being labeled something that they would have no problem labeling someone else facing the same circumstances.

Senator Stevens, you’re a convict, whether Alaska has let you vote or not. Get used to it.

0 Replies to “Innocent Until Out of Appeals”

  1. An absence of Term Limits didn’t make Ted Stevens corrupt, a belief that he could get away with it did. Term limits may have removed the possibility of Steven’s consolidating power, or kept his megalomania from being fully realized as a Senator, but would not have stopped him from engaging in similar behavior in the private sector.

    The people of the State of Alaska have had ample opportunity to put Stevens out to pasture, hopefully, by exposing his disregard for the rule of law, they will this time.

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