The Anchorage Daily News reports that the “Alaska Bar Association went to the state Supreme Court on Thursday seeking to suspend Sen. Ted Stevens’ law license on an interim basis, pending completion of his appeals. … Any final decision on Stevens’ license would wait until his appeals have been finished.” Unlike voting rights, which say that a felony conviction is effective only upon sentencing, bar association rules say that a conviction is set as soon as a jury rules.
“Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye provided a campaign boost Saturday to embattled Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, predicting that his colleague from Alaska will win re-election and overturn his conviction on appeal.”
,Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rebuffed Inouye’s comments. “While I respect the opinion of Senator Daniel Inouye, the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an ethics committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process,” Reid said.