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US senator found guilty in corruption case

US senator found guilty in corruption case

The longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate has been convicted of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor.
Sen. Ted Stevens was found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial documents.
The verdict throws the Nov. 4 election into disarray. Stevens is fighting off a challenge from Democrat Mark Begich and must now either drop out or continue campaigning as a convicted felon.
The trial hinged on the testimony of Stevens' longtime friend, who testified that his employees dramatically remodeled the senator's Alaska home.
Stevens faces up to five years in prison on each count but, under federal sentencing guidelines, will likely receive much less prison time, if any.


Updated : 2021-03-06 23:47 GMT+08:00