SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
In a heartwarming trivia tidbit, the subject of the U.S. Senate’s first impeachment trial in more than a decade is a crooked Louisiana federal judge appointed by the last figure—Bill Clinton—to be tried by the panel.
How appropriate that Clinton, admonished by the House of Representatives in 1998, helped end the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee’s 10-year dry spell. The Senate eventually acquitted the former president after a 21-day trial, but the House impeachment for perjury, obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office has earned the disgraced commander-in-chief a special place in history.
This week the Senate is considering the case of a judge, impeached by the House earlier this year for “high crimes and misdemeanors,”
His many transgressions were discovered during an FBI investigation of state judges in
The 12-member panel hearing the case (click here for live webcasts) will make recommendations to the full Senate and it will take a two-thirds vote to permanently remove Portreous and strip him of his taxpayer-funded salary. Only one federal judge has been stripped of his lifetime appointment in the last decade. That Texas judge, Samuel Kent (appointed George H.W. Bush in 1990), is serving a three-year prison sentence for obstructing an investigation into charges that he sexually assaulted two female employees.
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