A U.S. Senate committee is set to begin an impeachment trial of a federal judge from New Orleans – really, New Orleans, shocking! – accused of pretty big time corruption, including a hard to get around kickback scheme with a law firm.
It is a case that cries out for a plea bargain but the judge seems intent on fighting it in spite of the fact that he intends to retire next year. One motivating factor besides pride: the judge would get no pension if the Senate removes him from the bench.
This might be a difficult case if it were a trial before a jury. But this is a political impeachment trial and the evidence seems clear (caveat: I’m not privy to all of the evidence obviously) that this judge at the very least engaged in conduct unbecoming of a federal judge. In an election year, that should be good enough for a conviction.
Here is the Law.com story.