Senate Convicts District Judge Alcee L. Hastings

1989

The Senate convicts U.S. District Court Judge Alcee L. Hastings and removes him from the bench in the Southern District of Florida. The House impeached him Aug. 3, 1988, on charges that included conspiracy to take a bribe. He had been acquitted of most of the charges in a 1983 criminal trial. But in 1987, a panel of judges found that he had perjured himself to win acquittal and advised impeachment action. Hastings appeals his Senate conviction; it is remanded. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court finds that courts lack jurisdiction to review Senate impeachment action.