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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge from Louisiana is corrupt and unfit to serve on the bench, House members said Monday as they began a rare congressional impeachment trial by laying out their case against the jurist.
Playing the role of prosecutors, Reps. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, and Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, used their opening statements to a Senate impeachment panel to outline what they called a decades-long pattern of unethical behavior by New Orleans-area U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous. They said that included taking cash, expensive meals and gifts from lawyers and a bail bondsman, lying to Congress and filing for bankruptcy under a false name.
“It is the unanimous view of the House of Representatives that his conduct is not only wrong but so violative of the public trust that he cannot be allowed to remain on the bench without making a mockery of the court system,” Mr. Schiff said.
Judge Porteous‘ attorney, Jonathan Turley, denied some allegations but acknowledged others such as accepting meals, which he said is perfectly legal. He said the judge’s behavior, while perhaps reflecting poor judgment, doesn’t meet the high crimes and misdemeanors standard set in the Constitution for impeachment.
Mr. Turley also said much of the conduct in question occurred when Judge Porteous was a state judge and that Congress would be breaking from precedent by convicting him for behavior that occurred before he joined the federal bench.
The Senate trial is the first since the 1999 case against former President Bill Clinton. Judge Porteous, who was appointed by Mr. Clinton in 1994, would be just the eighth judge to be impeached and convicted by Congress.
Senators hearing the case appear ready to resolve it quickly, scheduling a series of all-day hearings this week and next.
Judge Porteous‘ behavior was uncovered in a five-year FBI investigation in Jefferson Parish dubbed “Operation Wrinkled Robe.” Although the sting netted convictions against more than a dozen others, Judge Porteous was never charged with a crime. He was, however, suspended from the bench.
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