Ted Stevens said he had “not been convicted of anything,” during a debate last night with the Democratic challenger to his Alaska Senate seat, Politico reports—despite being convicted Monday on corruption charges. The 84-year old Republican alleges prosecutorial misconduct and plans an appeal, though top GOP figures—including John McCain and Sarah Palin—have called for his resignation.
“I have a got a case pending against me, and probably the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct by the prosecutors that is known,” Stevens said. “I had a talk this afternoon, with one of the attorneys here, a former US attorney, who told me he was appalled by what went on in that case. So I think you’ll find out. I will succeed, and I will be found innocent.”