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Senate to open impeachment trial against judge

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is set to open its first impeachment trial since the 1999 case against former President Bill Clinton when it takes up a host of corruption allegations today against a Louisiana judge.

The House voted unanimously in March to impeach U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous, charging him with taking payoffs and lying under oath. A two-thirds vote will be needed to convict him in the Senate.

Senators on a special impeachment panel appear ready to resolve the case quickly, scheduling three all-day hearings over the next two weeks in which House prosecutors will make their case and Porteous can mount a defense.

If convicted, Porteous, who was nominated by Clinton, would be the eighth federal judge in U.S. history to be impeached and removed from the bench.


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