Thursday, November 22, 2007

Picture Puzzle #2 Answered

Impeachment. All of the people pictured in Picture Puzzle #2 were impeached. Some were convicted and subsequently removed from office, while others were not convicted and stayed in office. The impeachment process is one of the most important checks in our Constitutional system. It makes the concept of rule of law work by placing all government office holders under the law.

Article II, Section IV of the Constitution spells out how someone can be impeached:
"The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impreachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

Read more about some actual impeachments:

Impeachment of Bill Clinton- (President) Acquitted, stayed in Office

Impeachment of Alcee Hastings- (Federal Judge) Convicted, removed from Office

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson- (President) Acquitted, stayed in Office

Impeachment of William Blount- (Senator) Dismissed, expelled from Senate

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