Judge Jailed For Tax Evasion Is Removed From Office

1986

The Senate convicts U.S. District Court Judge Harry E. Claiborne of the District of Nevada on impeachment charges and removes him from office. The House voted July 22, 1986, to impeach Claiborne, who was convicted in federal court on Aug. 10, 1984, of income tax fraud. Impeachment was considered unavoidable because Claiborne had refused to resign his judgeship and continued to draw his salary in prison. Claiborne has maintained that he is the victim of a government vendetta. He serves a 17-month prison term before being released in October 1987.