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#21 Posted on 31.7.02 1033.31
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Double jeopardy is a criminal law concept though. I don't see how it would apply to expulsion from Congress, which is not a criminal proceeding.
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#22 Posted on 31.7.02 1230.25
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it doesn't. you can get expelled from congress without being convicted or even charged with a crime.
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#23 Posted on 31.7.02 1255.01
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Expulsion and impeachment are both political, not criminal proceedings. I'm pretty sure you could expel a congressman for no reason at all if you have the votes, but no one would do that because of the precedent it would set.

I'm too lazy to look them up at the moment, but I know there are expulsion precedents from the Civil War era in regards to the Southerners' seats.
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#24 Posted on 31.7.02 1351.33
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    Originally posted by WyldeWolf1
    I'm too lazy to look them up at the moment, but I know there are expulsion precedents from the Civil War era in regards to the Southerners' seats.


All had to do with congressman accused and summarily found guilty(I suppose) of conspiring with the South during the war.
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