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Friday, March 11, 2011

US House voted to impeach federal judge
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 11, 2010, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach Judge Thomas Porteous of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, accusing him of high crimes and misdemeanors while in office. The investigation of Porteous was opened by the House Judiciary Committee in 2008. The committee unanimously approved a resolution creating a task force to conduct the inquiry, which was the first of a sitting federal judge in nearly 20 years. Porteous was later convicted and removed from office by the Senate, which found that he had accepted bribes and lying to Congress during his confirmation hearings. Porteous, the eighth federal judge removed from office after being impeached and convicted by Congress, later voluntarily surrendered his law license.



Learn more about impeachment from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on Porteous's case and judicial ethics by Guest Columnist Keith J. Bybee on JURIST Forum, and by David O. Stewart on JURIST Hotline.




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