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LA judge's impeachment lawyers begin mounting defense

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Posted: Sep 16, 2010 10:53 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 10:54 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: federal, judge, impeachment, prosecution, defense, louisiana, congress, house, porteous

Defense attorneys for a Louisiana judge facing an impeachment trial in Congress have begun trying to undermine the case against him, calling witnesses such as his son who said money he took from lawyers wasn't graft.

U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous is accused of accepting cash and other gifts from lawyers and a bail bondsman with business before his court, lying to Congress and filing a fraudulent bankruptcy.

After three days of building their case, House prosecutors rested Wednesday, leaving Porteous' attorneys to begin calling their own witnesses. Their first was Porteous' son, Timothy Porteous, who said two lawyers gave Porteous thousands of dollars in cash over the years only because they were close family friends.

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