As the Wall Street Journal notes, this has some historical significance. Sen. Stevens is a sitting senator, one of only five in all of history to be convicted of a crime, and the first since 1981.
Stevens is 84 years old — soon to be 85 on Nov. 15 — and is the longest-serving Republican with almost 40 years in the Senate representing Alaska.
He's been running for re-election this year, despite the trial. His Democratic challenger has been edging ahead by 1 or 2 points in the polls, but Stevens' conviction will, I'm guessing, lock it up for the Democrat. This means Democrats are one seat closer to the ideal 60 seats.
Here's Stevens from this past summer, pallin' around with a friend of his, who