Impeachment and the $10 Forger (12/30/98)
The are many similarities between the current impeachment process of the President and basic criminal procedure. That is, in a criminal trial the matter is first presented to a grand jury and, if they choose to indict, the matter will then be held over for trial. In the case of President Clinton, the Congressional Judiciary Committee served as the "grand jury" and now the full Senate will serve as the jury in a trial.

That's where the similarity ends. Arguably, an impeachment of a sitting president is a more grave matter than the average criminal trial. That being said, it is odd that a person who is prosecuted for forging a $10 check is given more protection under the law than President Clinton.

Here are some examples:

It's a strange world indeed. The average state prosecutor has more burdens placed upon him in obtaining a conviction against the $10 check forger than those that seek to convict the President. Ironically, the average state prosecutor can win.

Barry Green is the District Attorney for the 271st Judicial District.

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