The Senate, acting as a court of impeachment
, spent three weeks considering the charges and convicted the governor of 10 of them.
In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment
to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.
The same law stipulates that a court of impeachment
can be held if there are significant violations by judges of their duties, such as bribery.
And after the Seventeenth Amendment, which brought the Senate closer to the People by providing for direct election of Senators, even the Senate sitting as a court of impeachment
should take serious account of the People's wishes.
After the acquittal ended the Senate's role as a court of impeachment
, a bipartisan censure resolution fell victim to Republican parliamentary roadblocks, thrown up by Sen.