Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was found guilty on seven counts of fraud for accepting home renovations paid for by VECO, an oil services company looking for Stevens' help in the senate.
Stevens faces a maximum of 35 years in prison.
[Image: A screencap from this video of a joint press conference with Ted Stevens and Gov. Sarah Palin, who was chosen as John McCain's vice presidential running mate today.
In the clip, a reporter asks whether it's true that there's a rift between the two. Both deny any such rift and insist they are as close as ever.
"I have great respect for the Senator," Palin says in this clip, "He needs to be heard across America. His voice, his experience, his passion needs to be heard across America--so that Alaska can contribute more."
Palin added, "There's a big difference between reality and perception regarding our relationship."
The press conference took place in early July, several days later Stevens was indicted on federal criminal charges.]