U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous, a Louisiana jurist, is charged with filing for bankruptcy under a false name along with other misdeeds. Judge Porteous faces impeachment for filing a personal bankruptcy petition for himself and his wife under a false name in 2001, filing false statements under oath during the bankruptcy proceedings and giving money and gifts to attorneys in trials where he acted as the judge.
“I strongly believe that the committee is doing the right thing,” said the panel’s ranking Republican, Lamar Smith of Texas. “The alleged corruption of a federal judge, who is appointed for life, is especially egregious.”