American Notes Oct 20, 1986

IMPEACHMENT The Senate's Verdict

Although he is serving a twoyear prison sentence for filing false tax returns, Federal Judge Harry E. Claiborne refused to resign from the bench, insisting that he had been wrongfully convicted. The House demonstrated its disbelief by voting for impeachment in July. Last week, after its first impeachment trial in 50 years, the Senate found Claiborne guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors," removing him from office and stripping him of the $78,700 salary he was drawing while imprisoned at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Claiborne, 69, became the fifth federal official, all judges, ever ousted by impeachment.


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