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N.H. House Impeaches Chief Justice

July 12, 2000

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ The state House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to impeach New Hampshire’s chief justice for alleged ethics violations, sending the case to the Senate for a trial that could result in his removal from the bench.

The last time a New Hampshire Supreme Court justice was impeached was in 1790.

The 253-95 vote to impeach David Brock came after seven hours of debate, deepening a constitutional crisis that began over a divorce case. The charges accuse Brock of a host of ethical violations, some of them more than a decade old.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Mock said that the high court broke its own rules and that Brock as chief justice was responsible.

``Did they live up to their own code? No,″ Mock said. He added: ``And who was the boss?″

Brock said through his lawyer he looks forward to the Senate trial, where he will be allowed to call and cross-examine witnesses.

``He has done nothing wrong,″ lawyer Ralph Lancaster said.

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