Freshly removed from the bench by the U.S. Senate, former Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. is expressing no regrets about his decision to fight the process until the end.
In a prepared statement, Porteous said the Senate’s votes Wednesday convicting him on four impeachment articles bring “closure” to the process. “I am deeply saddened to be removed from office but I felt it was important not just to me but to the judiciary to take this fight to the Senate,” Porteous said in the statement, posted on the blog of his lead attorney Jonathan Turley.
Porteous noted that some senators voted his way on three of the articles, including one article that barely received the two-thirds support required for conviction. “While I still believe these allegations did not rise to the level of impeachable offenses as a constitutional matter, I understand how people of good-faith could disagree,” he said.
The former judge, who is 63 years old, thanked his legal team and said he was returning to Louisiana to be with family.