September 13th, 2010
08:04 AM ET
8 years ago

Impeachment trial of federal judge gets underway in U.S. Senate

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Monday begins the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. - the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999.

The Senate Impeachment Trial Committee will submit its summary to the full Senate, which is expected to vote later this year. The judge is accused of corruption and accepting kickbacks, as well as lying about his past to the Senate and FBI regarding his nomination to the federal bench.

In March, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to impeach Porteous, making him the nation's 15th federal judge ever impeached.
Porteous is from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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  1. hankers

    Note that the last 3 judges are from the far south – Louisiana, Miss. and Texas. It seems that the closer to the equator you get, coruption increases! Further study needed.

    September 13, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Seriously?!

    Great! Now when is the War trials for the murderers and liars from the Bush Administration gonna begin starting with Tricky Dick the second Cheney?!??!

    September 13, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. barry

    Hopefully after November we see a impeachment trial coming President Obama's way. The Obama recession, unemployment at 9.6%, failed stimulus, highest deficit in history, and a health care bill that was rammed through. Just part of his socialist plan that has bankrupted the greatest country on earth.

    September 13, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That's just the tip of the iceberg, in the judiciary.

    September 13, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    A corrupt judge in Louisiana – who'da thunk it?

    September 13, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Hmmm – wonder if those kickbacks were from Big Oil.

    Texas, Louisiana - wake up and smell the takeover of our American way of life by Big Oil, Big Insurance, Wall Street, etc.

    September 13, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |