Judge Thomas Porteous impeachment moves forward in U.S. House

By The Times-Picayune 

February 21, 2010, 3:06AM

Judge Impeachment 5.jpgNo official word yet, but some congressional staffers are expecting the House this week to take up four articles of impeachment against embattled U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous.

Thomas Porteous

The Judiciary Committee last month voted out the four articles that accuse the judge of ethical
lapses, including a refusal to recuse himself from a case even though he had been receiving money and expensive meals from one of party’s lawyers.

If the House votes to impeach Porteous, the matter will move to the Senate for trial. It would take a two-thirds vote by the Senate to remove him from office.

Porteous, a Metairie resident, continues to receive his $174,000 judicial salary, although
he has been blocked from hearing cases. He was appointed a federal district judge in 1994 by President Bill Clinton after serving on the state bench in Jefferson Parish.