- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 17, 2005

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes was discharged from a hospital yesterday, a day after fainting during the funeral of former Rep. Peter W. Rodino Jr., a colleague during the Watergate investigation.

Mr. Sarbanes, 72, left University Hospital before 8 a.m. and was returning to the District, spokesman Jesse Jacobs said.

Mr. Jacobs said he did not know whether doctors had determined what caused Mr. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat, to pass out briefly toward the end of a midday service in Newark for Mr. Rodino.

He was assisted by Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat, helped out of St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Church by first-aid workers, then taken to the hospital.

Mr. Sarbanes, in his fifth term and Maryland’s longest-serving U.S. senator, is not seeking re-election in 2006.

He is best known in recent years for helping write the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, intended to reduce corporate crime.

As a member of the House in 1974, he introduced the first article of impeachment, for obstruction of justice, against President Nixon.

Mr. Rodino, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, conducted the impeachment hearings, two years after the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. Mr. Nixon, a Republican who died in 1994, resigned after three impeachment articles were returned.

Mr. Rodino, New Jersey Democrat, died May 7 of congestive heart failure. He was 95.

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