Dec 9, 2010

Senate convicts Louisiana Judge on impeachment charges

The Senate on Wednesday convicted U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous (upper photo) of Louisiana on four articles of impeachment, making him just the eighth federal judge in history to be removed by Congress.

Porteous was appointed by Bill Clinton.

The Senate also approved a motion barring him from holding future federal office to prevent another Alcee Hastings situation. Hastings (lower photo) was a judge in Florida appointed by Jimmy Carter.

Hastings was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he still serves. Impeached judges should never be allowed to serve in Congress.

More of the Porteous impeachment here.