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The Internet carries only a limited amount of reputable information on impeachment and censure. For those interested in developing a better understanding of these processes, JURIST: The Law Professors' Network recommends resources in the following categories: Impeachment Primers Constitutional and Statutory Provisions on Impeachment Impeachments in History [see also Impeachment Procedures/Senate Trial] Impeachment Procedures

Senate Trial [see also Senate Impeachment Trials: A JURIST Mini-Guide]

US Supreme Court Cases on Impeachment Censure [see also Censure: A JURIST Mini-Guide] Clinton Controversy Academic Opinion
  • Hearing on the Background and History of Impeachment (JURIST; House Judiciary Committee/Constitution Subcommittee, November 9, 1998; includes written and video testimony by law professors William Van Alstyne (Duke); Susan Low Bloch (Georgetown); Robert F. Drinan, S.J. (Georgetown); Michael J. Gerhardt (William & Mary); John C. Harrison (Virginia); John O. McGinnis (Cardozo); Richard Parker (Harvard); Daniel H. Pollitt (North Carolina); Stephen Presser (Northwestern); Cass R. Sunstein (Chicago); Laurence H. Tribe (Harvard); and Jonathan Turley (George Washington))
  • Law Professors' Letter to Congress Opposing Impeachment (JURIST; November 6, 1998)
  • Akhil Amar (Yale): "Now Playing: A Constitutional Nightmare" - Washington Post, September 20, 1998
  • Akhil Amar (Yale), Susan Low Bloch (Georgetown), Eric Freedman (Hofstra) and Jonathan Turley (George Washington), "Is a Sitting President Subject to Compulsory Criminal Process?" [testimony before the Constitutionalism, Federalism and Property Rights Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, September 9, 1998] (Washington Post)
  • Richard Fallon (Harvard): "Three Questions Deserve Consideration" - Boston Globe, September 12, 1998
  • Scott Gerber (Florida Coastal): "If it Reaches the Senate, the Chief Justice is Ready" - Christian Science Monitor, October 8, 1998
  • Michael Gerhardt (William & Mary): Interview - C-SPAN, October 7, 1998 [audio; requires RealPlayer]
  • Michael Gerhardt (William & Mary): Transcript of Chat Session - Washington Post, September 16, 1998
  • John Parry (Pittsburgh): "The Misrule of Law" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 11, 1998
  • Laurence Tribe (Harvard): "How to Bring Clinton to Justice Without Punishing the Nation" - Boston Globe, September 16, 1998
  • "Top Profs: Not Enough to Impeach" [survey of twelve constitutional law scholars] - National Law Journal, October 5, 1998
Public Opinion Further Reading (offline...)
  • Michael Les Benedict, The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson (1973)
  • Raoul Berger, Impeachment: The Constitutional Problem (1973)
  • Charles Black, Impeachment: A Handbook (1974)
  • Eleanore Bushnell, Crimes, Follies and Misfortunes: The Federal Impeachment Trials (1992)
  • Michael Gerhardt, The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (1996)
  • P.C. Hoffer, P. C. and N.E.H. Hull, Impeachment in America, 1635 to 1805 (1984)
  • John R. Labovitz, Presidential Impeachment (1978)
  • William H.Rehnquist, Grand Inquests (1992)
  • Gene Smith, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson (1976)
  • Theodore H. White, Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon (1975)


  • Bibliography of Journal and Law Review Articles on Impeachment, 1913-1998 (Cornell Law Library)


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