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Friday, March 12, 2010

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Sensenbrenner to manage federal judge's impeachment trial

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will become only House representative to ever serve four times as House manager for an impeachment trial.

Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, will serve as one of five House managers in the impeachment trial of Eastern Louisiana U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. The House of Representatives unanimously voted to impeach Porteous Thursday on charges of lying underoath and taking payoffs.

Sensenbrenner has previously served as House manager in the impeachment trials of federal judges Samuel B. Kent of Texas last year and Walter Nixon of Mississippi in 1989, and of former President Bill Clinton in 1998.

"Judges take an oath to uphold the law and their robes do not grant them immunity," Sensenbrenner said in a statement. "Judge Porteous clearly violated the laws, and I hope we can work to restore the trust of the American people by quickly removing him from his position."


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