Stevens Guilty of All Seven Counts

The Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog today had a post on the chances of the Democrats getting to 60 senators, discussing the implications on Wyeth v. Levine and Riegel v. Medtronic. One of the roadblocks to 60 was Ted Stevens, a senator from Alaska for the last 40 years.

Today, a jury has found Senator Stevens guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate disclosure forms, presumably ceding the race to Democratic challenger, Mark Begich.

I do not care whether you a Democrat or a Republican or whether you think Stevens was innocent or guilty. It is sad to see a man destroy his reputation at 84 years of age. He is not going to jail but this is now the first line entry in his biography. His defense to the case, including the claim that someone had “lent” him a chair for seven years, had all of the earmarks of an arrogance we have not seen since… well, since Roger Clemens.