Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bribe Taking Judge Faces Impeachment

G. Thomas Porteous Jr.

U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr., is facing impeachment by the Congress, for criminal charges he incurred, due to accepting bribes. It was thought Porteous was safe from trouble, due to the statute of limitations having expired on his crimes.

However, the U.S. Congress decided he needs to be removed from the bench for his misconduct, which has been slapped with the famous label, "High crimes and misdemeanors."

House votes to impeach US judge from Louisiana

WASHINGTON — The House voted unanimously Thursday to impeach a U.S. district judge from Louisiana, who lawmakers said avoided likely criminal charges related to alleged payoffs in part because the statute of limitations expired.

The House approved four impeachment articles charging him with taking payoffs and lying under oath. The unanimous vote reflected the bipartisan anger of the House over the judge's conduct.

The case goes to trial in the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is needed to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of the "high crimes and misdemeanors" standard set out in the Constitution.

Porteous was accused of taking cash from lawyers and gifts from a bail bondsman, lying to the Senate and the FBI to win confirmation and making false statements in his personal bankruptcy proceedings to hide financial problems and gambling debts.

If convicted in the Senate, Porteous would become the eighth federal judge in U.S. history to be impeached and convicted. Porteous was nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said Porteous' misconduct was so serious that he's "one of a kind and it's time for him to receive his comeuppance." ...