Dec 8, 2010 10:44 AM by Nichole Larkey
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted unanimously to convict
U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on the first of
four impeachment charges, removing him from the federal bench.
The decision makes Porteous just the eighth federal judge in
U.S. history to be impeached and convicted by Congress.
The Senate is still voting on three additional articles of
impeachment approved by the House earlier this year.
House prosecutors say the 63-year-old judge had a gambling
problem and began accepting cash and other favors from people with
business before his court. He also was accused of lying to Congress
and filing for bankruptcy under a false name.
Porteous' attorneys argued that his behavior, while troubling,
didn't merit impeachment.