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Law professor testifies in Senate impeachment trial

September 24, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor Dane S. Ciolino recently testified in front of the 12-member Senate Impeachment Trial Committee in the trial of New Orleans federal Judge Thomas Porteous.

The United States House of Representatives voted in March to impeach Porteous, who was accused of unethical behavior, including bribery and perjury. Ciolino was asked by Porteous and his lawyers to testify about the evolution of Louisiana judicial ethics standards from the late 80s through the present.

This is a first for Ciolino and a unique occurrence by historical standards.

“In over 220 years, the Senate has only conducted eight impeachment trials for U.S. judges. So, this is quite rare,” Ciolino said.

The Senate Impeachment Trial Committee will issue a report in mid-November and the full Senate will vote on the articles of impeachment shortly thereafter.

Ciolino serves as the Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. His current scholarly and teaching interests at Loyola include professional responsibility, trial advocacy and criminal law.

For more information, contact Ciolino at dciolino@loyno.edu.

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