Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, says he wasn't convicted of seven federal felony charges last week, even though a jury convicted him.
On Monday, "Jurors found that Stevens willfully filed false financial disclosure forms that hid such gifts as the renovations that doubled his home in size," the Anchorage Daily News and other news outlets reported. "Those gifts, valued at as much as $250,000 over seven years, came mostly from his former friend Bill Allen, the star prosecution witness in Stevens' trial and the former owner of Veco Corp. The oil-field services company was one of Alaska's largest private employers."
Sounds fairly cut and dry from here.
Said Stevens, in a debate in his Senate race Thursday night: "I have not been convicted of anything. I have not been convicted."
Orwellian, you might conceivably say.
Depends on your definition of conviction, it turns out. (Remember, "It depends on what the meaning of the word is is"?)
Deja vu all over again, folks.