Senate Impeaches La. Judge, Yanks Him From Bench

He's the eighth federal judge to be impeached and convicted by Congress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2010 10:15 AM CST
Federal Judge Judge Thomas Porteous heads to the Senate Chamber, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, where his impeachment trial is proceeding.   (Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – The Senate has voted unanimously to convict US District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on the first of four impeachment charges, removing him from the federal bench. The decision makes Porteous just the eighth federal judge in US history to be impeached and convicted by Congress. The Senate is still voting on three additional articles of impeachment approved by the House earlier this year.

House prosecutors say the 63-year-old judge had a gambling problem and began accepting cash and other favors from people with business before his court. He also was accused of lying to Congress and filing for bankruptcy under a false name. Porteous' attorneys argued that his behavior, while troubling, didn't merit impeachment. (Read more impeach stories.)

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