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Nation IN BRIEF : ILLINOIS

Justice Survives Impeachment Bid

May 16, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Illinois Supreme Court justice who wrote the fiercely disputed Baby Richard ruling survived an impeachment effort over his attempts to duck traffic tickets and other alleged abuses of power. A state House panel voted, 8-2, against impeaching 63-year-old James Heiple. The justice has charged that he is a victim of lingering resentment over the Baby Richard ruling, the 1994 decision that took a 4-year-old boy away from his adoptive parents.

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