Senate Takes Up Impeachment Of Louisiana Judge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Senate is beginning the final stage of the impeachment trial of a Louisiana judge accused of corruption.

The rare trial in the chamber could make G. Thomas Porteous just
the eighth federal judge to be removed from the bench. The House
voted unanimously in March to bring four articles of impeachment
against him. A two-thirds Senate vote is needed to convict.

House prosecutors say Porteous had a gambling problem and began
accepting cash and other favors from attorneys and bail bondsmen
doing business before his court.

Defense lawyers have sought to portray his behavior as business
as usual in the New Orleans-area legal community.

The Senate is planning to hear closing arguments Tuesday and
vote Wednesday.

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