Rep. Charles Rangel, on one occasion one of the most powerful House members, was convict Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces sentence.
A principles panel of eight House peers deliberate over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat's profession. The 80-year-old Rangel was charged with 13 counts of monetary and fundraising bad behavior.
Barely last spring, Rangel held the illustrious post of Ways and Means chairman, a point that made him the House's main writer of tax legislation. The Harlem congressman was not near when the outcome was announced.