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Collins, Sally J, B., Impeachment as a Political Weapon.
Master of Arts (History), December, 1977, 135 pp., appendices,
bibliography, 168 titles,
This study is concerned with the problem of determining
the nature of impeachable offenses through an analysis of the
English theory of impeachment, colonial impeachment practice,
debates in the constitutional convention and the state rati-
fying conventions, The Federalist Papers and debates in the
first Congress, In addition, the precedents established in
American cases of impeachment particularly in the trials of
Judge John Pickering, Justice Samuel Chase and President
Andrew Johnson are examined.
Materials for the study included secondary sources, con-
gressional records, memoirs, contemporary accounts, government
documents, newspapers and trial records, The thesis concludes
that impeachable of fenses include non-indictable behavior and
exclude misconduct outside official duties and recommends some
alternative method of removal for federal judges.
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