Conduct of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis: Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary. Feb 21, 1921. Statement of Hon. Benjamin F. Welty, M.C.
1921 - 43 pages
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Page 25 - ... appeal from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Page 36 - Congress have unhesitatingly adopted the conclusion, that no previous statute is necessary to authorize an impeachment for any official misconduct ; and thtt rules of proceeding, and the rules of evidence, as well as the principles of decision, have been uniformly regulated by the known doctrines of the common law, and parliamentary usage. In the few cases of impeachment, which have hitherto been tried, no one of the charges has rested upon any statutable...
Page 31 - The President * * * shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.
Page 36 - An examination of the English precedents will show that, although private citizens as well as public officers have been impeached, no article has been presented or sustained which did not charge either misconduct in office or some offense which was injurious to the welfare of the State at large.
Page 32 - So where a lord chancellor has been thought to have put the great seal to an ignominious treaty, a lord admiral to have neglected the safeguard of the sea, an ambassador to have betrayed his trust, a privy...
Page 5 - July first, nineteen hundred and nineteen, no Government official or employee shall receive any salary in connection with his services as such an official or employee from any source other than the Government of the United States...
Page 32 - Parliament, purchasing offices, giving medicine to the king without advice of physicians, preventing other persons from giving counsel to the king except in their presence, and procuring exorbitant personal grants from the king. But others, again, were founded in the most salutary public justice, such as impeachments for malversations and neglect in office, for encouraging pirates, for official oppression, extortions, and deceits, and especially for putting good magistrates out of office and advancing...
Page 29 - I have but one observation more to make on this point, which is, that impeachment is a proceeding purely of a political nature. It is not so much designed to punish an offender as to secure the State. It touches neither his person nor his property; but simply divests him of his political capacity.
Page 36 - The impeachability of the offenses charged in the articles was in most of the cases not denied. In one case, however, counsel for the defendant insisted that impeachment would not lie for any but an indictable offense; but after exhaustive argument on both sides this defense was practically abandoned.