For Now, Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens is Still Eligible to Vote
Posted Oct 30, 2008 9:49 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens will be able to vote next week because he hasn’t been sentenced yet for his conviction on seven counts in a federal corruption case.
Alaska’s Department of Law decided yesterday that Stevens may vote because his conviction isn’t final, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
A legal opinion by senior assistant attorney general Michael Barnhill said the weight of authority supports the view that a person convicted by a jury can still vote until a judge enters formal judgment and issues a sentence.