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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Federal Judge Faces Impeachment

Federal Judge Faces Impeachment Over Claim He Took Cash From Lawyers in Pending Case

The National Law Journal by Pamela A. MacLean - June 20, 2008

The federal judiciary's top administrative body has asked the U.S. House of Representatives to consider impeachment of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana, alleging that he "solicited and received" cash from lawyers in a pending case. The allegations stemming from an internal judicial investigation of Porteous go beyond what was previously disclosed in a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals inquiry in 2007, when he was accused of perjury and false financial disclosures to conceal cash in a bankruptcy case. In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct against U.S. District Judge Porteous, 07-05-351-0085. The Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal judiciary's policymaking body, sent its determination to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter June 18 that "consideration of impeachment may be warranted." The Judicial Conference letter cited not only allegations of repeated perjury in financial disclosure in a bankruptcy case, but also violation of criminal law and ethical canons while presiding over In re: Liljeberg enters, Inc. v. Lifemark Hospitals, Inc., No. 2:93-cv-1784. The case was partially reversed by the 5th Circuit in, 304 F.3d 410 (2002). In the bench trial, Porteous rejected a recusal motion and allegedly failed to disclose "that the lawyers in question had often provided him with cash. Thereafter, while a bench verdict was pending, he solicited and received from the lawyers appearing before him illegal gratuities in the form of cash and other things of value," the letter states. Porteous was not available for comment, according to his chambers staff. "This is as serious an accusation as you can make against a federal judge," said Arthur Hellman, professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law who has studied and written extensively on judicial discipline.

"I expect that the House Judiciary Committee will proceed quickly with an impeachment inquiry, and if these allegations are substantiated, Judge Porteous will be impeached, convicted and removed from office -- unless he resigns first," Hellman said. "Now that the Judicial Conference has completed its review of Judge Porteous's actions, the House Judiciary Committee will promptly review the materials provided by the Conference and determine what further action should be taken in this matter," said Representative John Conyers Jr., chairman of the committee, D-Mich. Ranking Republican on the committee, Lamar Smith, R-Texas, also said in a prepared statement that Republicans would work with the Democrats to ensure "expeditious and appropriate action is taken." Porteous was appointed by President Clinton in 1994. He was a former Louisiana state judge for the 10 years preceding his appointment and served as the city attorney in Harahan, La.


Anonymous said...

The bad, corrupt habits, procedures and people that have polluted the NY state court system-- and other state court systems-- have, over time, leaked into the once-respected federal court system. Maybe this Louisiana judge getting the hook will prove to be a lesson to the rest of the federal judges across the US.

Anonymous said...

I truly do not believe that many people realize how potent NY STATE and all of their government agencies really are. These entities influence states throughout this country, and that is why I believe that our judicial system remaining corrupt, recklessly continues to present this corruption as a way to operate!
All of these other states and their governments take such risks, rationalizing... if NY can do this and get away with it..why can't we. Especially, since their taxpayers and workers are a lot less sophisticated, and are easier to convince and less likely to recognize what these agencies conceal!

Anonymous said...

I don't know all the facts in this matter, however, it is a sad day in my mind when any federal Judge is in this situation. I pray for him and his family.

Anonymous said...

my father always told me not to trust any Judge, he said they were all dirty. He had a good friend who was a Judge and he heard all the stories direct from him. Nothing changes, it all the same.

Anonymous said...

the Culture of Corruption has been spread across the country by greed.

Anonymous said...

this harlot faces only "IMPEACHMENT" he should be thrown out on his fat ASS! He should have NO PENSION! Make it hurt that way it doesn't happen again.

Anonymous said...

have come to the conclusion that ALL candidates for any Judgeships should be required to pass extensive psychological testing. It's the only way to gain the public trust back.

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