November 28, 2006

PROFESSOR BAINBRIDGE looks at the Alcee Hastings vs. Jane Harman battle: “In 1989, the Democrat-controlled House impeached hastings by a vote of 413-3, with none other than Nancy Pelosi voting for impeachment. After a trial before a Senate committee, Hastings was convicted of the requisite ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ and duly removed from office by the Senate. Hastings was only the sixth federal judge to be impeached and removed from office in the entire 200+ year history of the US judiciary. If you’ll pardon the pun, given Harman’s unimpeachable credentials, this seems like a very easy choice.” And note the sensible observation from Kevin Drum.