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Nixon v. United States

Significance, Another Nixon, A Different Impeachment, Simple Words: "try" And "sole"


Walter Nixon, U.S. District Judge


United States, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

That Senate Rule XI, which allowed a Senate committee to hear evidence against an impeached official and present a report to the full Senate, violated the Constitution's Impeachment Trial Clause.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

David Overlock Stewart

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Kenneth Starr, U.S. Solicitor General

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

13 January 1993


That Nixon's claim regarding Senate Rule XI was nonjusticiable--that is, it was outside the Court's control, since the Constitution provided that the "Senate shall have sole Power to try any impeachments."

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