CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1031 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Thursday, March 11, 2010, as a priveledged resolution. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on January 21, 2010, and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The bill was ordered to be reported by a vote of 24 - 0 on January 27, 2010.
H.Res. 1031 would impeach G. Thomas Porteous, Jr., judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The bill sets forth four articles of impeachment.
Among the reasons for impeachment, the bill lists the following:
H.Res. 1031 states that Judge Porteous is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and should be removed from office.
In June 2008, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. transmitted to the Speaker of the House a Certificate indicating that "consideration of the impeachment of Judge Porteous may be warranted." After an extensive investigation and a series of hearings the Judiciary Committee voted to refer four articles of impeachment to the House for its consideration. The articles involve the following conduct:
(1) A curatorship kickback scheme the judge had with two attorneys;
(2) The judge's inappropriate handling of a federal case involving both material misrepresentations he made during a recusal hearing, and his soliciting and accepting money from an attorney involved in the case, while he had the matter under advisement;
(3) The judge's corrupt relationship with two bail bondsman and his actions taken both as a State and federal judge to assist them in their business;
(4) The judge's numerous false and misleading statements and other violations of orders of the bankruptcy court in connection with his 2001 bankruptcy filing; and
(5) The judge's false statements to both the FBI and the Senate during his nomination and confirmation process which led him to obtain his judgeship under false pretenses.
CBO does not have a score of H.Res. 1031.