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Former Nevada Federal Judge Who Was Impeached Kills Himself


— January 20, 2004

Harry Claiborne, a federal judge who was impeached after his conviction for filing false tax returns, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 86.

Claiborne, who had cancer and other ailments, committed suicide Monday night at his Las Vegas home, the Clark County coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Before his appointment to the bench, Claiborne was considered one of Nevada’s top defense lawyers, representing many prominent people with ties to Las Vegas.

Claiborne was impeached in 1986, one of only seven federal officials in U.S. history to be removed from office through impeachment. Details here from the AP via SFGate.com.


Harry Claiborne, a federal judge who was impeached after his conviction for filing false tax returns, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 86.

Claiborne, who had cancer and other ailments, committed suicide Monday night at his Las Vegas home, the Clark County coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Before his appointment to the bench, Claiborne was considered one of Nevada’s top defense lawyers, representing many prominent people with ties to Las Vegas.

Claiborne was impeached in 1986, one of only seven federal officials in U.S. history to be removed from office through impeachment. Details here from the AP via SFGate.com.

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