Senate Convicts Federal Judge Ritter

1936

The Senate convicts U.S. District Court Judge Halsted L. Ritter of the Southern District of Florida on one of seven impeachment charges. He is removed from office. Ritter was impeached March 2, 1936, for a wide range of improprieties, which included practicing law while a judge, filing false income tax returns, attempted embezzlement, and bringing the judiciary into disrepute. He is found not guilty on the first six charges, but is convicted for bringing “his court into scandal and disrepute.” The 56-28 vote provides the minimum margin needed to convict.