impeachment

 


criminal law

 

 

Impeachment has two different meanings in law:

1. The process of calling a witness’s testimony into doubt. For example, if the attorney can show that the witness may have fabricated portions of his testimony, the witness is said to be “impeached.”

2. The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may “impeach” (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government, who are then tried by the Senate.


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Last Modified: 09/15/2018

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