Senate finds Federal judge guilty
December 8th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Senate finds Federal judge guilty

CNN - The U.S. Senate found Federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Louisiana guilty Wednesday of the first of several articles of impeachment; the House impeached Porteous on corruption charges.

Porteous, from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was accused of corruption and accepting kickbacks, as well as lying to the Senate and FBI about his past, 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.

Last year, the House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Judicial Impeachment held evidentiary hearings that led to unanimous approval of the four articles of impeachment.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Welp

    At least this article is straight to the point. At least there is Google available to point out details as to..you know..WHY this guy was impeached!

    December 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That is just the tip of the iceberg, in the judicial system.

    December 8, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. GI Joe

    typical of most Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas judges. Just a drop in the bucket to cleaning out the "closet".

    December 8, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Eww, he looks corrupt and should have been impeached!!! So that's DONE – next START – then the Dream Act – then DADT!!! There is enough time in this year to accomplish ALL because ALL of it has been on the table for a while!!!

    For the next two years, get the BUDGET and TAXES STRAIGHT because that will be a FIGHT in itself and it's going to be VERY NASTY and INTERESTING!!!!!

    Let's continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD with our current leader, President Obama as he moves towards being MORE BIPARTISAN and the RepubliCAN'Ts move towards being more PARTISAN and some Democrats SULK (I cried my tears already on what President Obama did and got OVER IT because that puts the "RIFF RAFF" behind us to where we can concentrate on OTHER THINGS!!!)

    December 8, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. kds562

    Now he can run for Republican Senator from Louisiana

    December 8, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Marcus

    Disgraceful.
    Shameful.
    I don't care if he is a conservative or a liberal, if he's pro-choice or pro-life.
    The truth is that this guy DON'T have a moral and ethic code, just a 'hungry wallet'.
    Kick him to the nearest cell and throw away the key!

    December 8, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Anonymous

    So when does he go to jail???????????????

    December 8, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. John in WNY

    Poor guy going to loose his job now where if he has been in the House or Senate he would have only gotten a strongly worded letter of disapproval.

    December 8, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. MARKPAIN

    How do we get Congress or all law enforcement divisions with jurisdiction investigate Supreme Court members like Alito who decide cases in favor of their own personal financial interests or Thomas that according to his own book has an opinion already in mind before hearing the case. There are others federal judges such as Bill Pryor who is solidly against a woman`s right to decide her own health issues.

    December 8, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. TennBob

    You know, this is not the only instance–this one just got caught. However, it's not only corruption but the arrogance of the judiciary, the lawyers, and the police, and the inability of ordinary folks to be able to afford any reasonable chance for access to justice...these are the serious problems. As a lawyer, myself, I find it so frustrating that the system just continues to get worse.

    December 8, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Greg Shell

    Yes, yes, yes, yes and hallelujah on top of that.

    December 8, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. larrywi

    Wow, amazing how fast our Gov works, only took them a little over 1 & 1/2 yrs!! But will he get jail time???

    December 8, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. gary

    I watched the voting live on all four counts and he was found guilty by two thirds of the senate on all counts. Since there was overwhelming evidence on all charges, my question is why Majority Leader Reid of Nevada found him not guilty on three of the four charges?? Was this some type of political posturing, did he owe him a favor, or is Reid just stupid.

    December 8, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. brown

    Keep digging, you'll find many more like Porteous out there!

    December 8, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. mdn

    I must say that CNN is nearly as bad as Fox News these days. They write two short paragraphs about this corrupt judge who is being impeached. When it comes to stupid news like the Palin's etc., it seems that CNN can't find enough words to put on paper. Loosing credibility.

    December 8, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Yonon

    What a horrible creature.

    December 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. 2Smart2BU

    Now they need to just get the rest of them including themselves. Then they can move on to the highly influential untouchables who are just as crooked as this goof.

    December 8, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Baruch

    I know some Supreme Court "Justices" who need to undergo this process.

    December 8, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. JT

    Corruption in Louisiana? Noooooooooooo!!!

    December 8, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. pflatman

    This guy just oozes of GOBness (good old boyness). What a delightful human being.

    December 8, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. JT

    Corruption in Louisiana? I'm shocked!!!

    December 8, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. M.F. Stout

    Turley put on the best defense possible, but the judge was dead meat the moment he stepped foot in the chamber. He played, he lost. End of story.

    December 8, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Ramrod

    The "judge" will be back selling used cars

    December 8, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. ProperVillain

    Yeah,impeachment. That'll show him (rolls eyes).

    December 8, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. GCinSC

    Perhaps we nned to consider impeaching a few congressmen and senators as well.

    December 8, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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