CONGRESSMAN JIM SENSENBRENNER - PROUDLY SERVING WISCONSIN‘S 5TH DISTRICT

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JUDGE PORTEOUS NOT ABOVE THE LAW

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Washington, December 8, 2010 | Wendy Riemann ((202) 225-5101) | comments

Please see the below statement from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), regarding today’s Senate votes to remove from office Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for high crimes and misdemeanors.  The house voted unanimously on March 11 in support of all four articles of impeachment. 

Sensenbrenner served as one of the five House Managers who tried the case in the Senate, after the resolution to impeach passed in the House.  Porteous’ trial makes Sensenbrenner the only Member in history to be selected as the House Manager for four impeachment trials.

“Today, with the Senate voting guilty on all four articles against Mr. Porteous, justice was served and Mr. Porteous was removed from office.  No judge is above the laws they took an oath to uphold, and I am grateful that this man will no longer be able to tarnish the good reputation of all the hardworking individuals serving on the bench or collect a taxpayer-funded paycheck.  Mr. Porteous clearly violated the laws and I am glad we could work to restore the trust of the American people by removing him from his position.”

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Earlier this Congress, Sensenbrenner was selected as a House Manager for the impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent of the Southern District of Texas.  Kent pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting members of his staff and is now serving a 33-month prison sentence. 

Sensenbrenner also previously served as the House Manager for the impeachment of federal judge Walter Nixon and the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton.  He previously filed impeachment resolutions against former federal judges Samuel B. Kent, Alcee Hastings, Walter Nixon and Manuel Real.

According to the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives has the sole responsibility of impeachment.  The U.S. Senate holds the power to remove someone from office. 

Sensenbrenner currently serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

 

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Tags: Judiciary