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					In Nixon v. United States 506 U.S. 224 (1993), Nixon (not that Nixon) was a District Court Judge who was impeached for taking bribes. He claimed that the Senate had failed to convict him within the meaning of Article I Section 3 of the Constitution. The US Supreme Court found that this case was not justiciable. The Impeachment Clause gave the Senate sole authority to try cases of impeachment. The Court felt that it could not intervene in something that was a Legislative responsibility.
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In a dissent, Justice Souter wonders what the Court's opinion would have been if the Senate had determined Nixon's guilt with something unfair like a flip of a coin? Would it still be right for the judiciary to not offer some form of judicial relief? What if they just impeached him because they thought he was too liberal?

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