Judge Louderback Impeached; Acquittal Follows

1933

Judge Harold Louderback of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is impeached. He is charged with conspiracy in the appointment of bankruptcy receivers. The Senate acquits him on May 24, 1933, after a trial during one of the busiest periods in U.S. legislative history. The lengthy process again prompts a call for impeachment trials to be conducted by committee. And, in 1934, Sen. Henry Ashurst of Arizona proposes what will become Rule XI upon adoption in 1935. From then on, a committee will be appointed unless the Senate votes for a full-chamber trial.