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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Nixon v. United States
Citation:506 U.S. 224 (1993)
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The House of Representatives impeached Walter Nixon, a federal district judge, following his federal conviction and imprisonment for making false statements to a federal grand jury. Pursuant to Senate Rule XI, the Senate delegated much of its role in trying the impeachment to a committee of Senators. After receiving evidence and hearing testimony, the committee presented the full Senate with a transcript of proceedings and a report specifying the uncontested facts. Nixon and the House impeachment managers submitted briefs to the full Senate and were allowed to deliver arguments from the Senate floor. Nixon was also allowed to make a personal appeal to the Senate. Following his conviction, Nixon brought this action, contending that his impeachment was unconstitutional because the full Senate did not take part in the evidentiary hearing. The lower courts dismissed the action brought by Nixon on the ground that it was nonjustificable.
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