Charlie Rangel during his House of Representatives ethics committee hearing. Photo: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 12:40 PM EST

In what turned out to be a quick and dramatic two day trial, Harlem congressman Charlie Rangel was convicted on Tuesday of [multiple counts of ethics violations](http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/16/AR201011...). The committee must now decide on the appropriate punishment for the long term lawmaker in a separate hearing. Over the summer, Rangel was charged with [13 ethics violations](http://ethics.house.gov/Media/PDF/Rangel%20SAV.pdf). The charges included [allegations](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/08/rangel_waters.html) that that former chair of the Ways and Means Committee had improperly solicited corporate donations for a college educational center bearing his name. The longtime lawmaker [remained defiant](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/08/rangel_fire_your_best_shot.html) even as the trial began, and on Monday he abruptly walked out of the hearing after pleading that he needed more time to hire attorneys. The eight-member ethics panel will now schedule a hearing to determine Rangel's punishment, which could range from a House vote deploring his conduct, a fine or a denial of privileges.