The U.S. Senate acquitted President William Jefferson Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice today after a five-week trial. Democrats voted strictly on party lines. Ten Republican Senators voted with the Democrats on the perjury charge, and five concurred with Democrats on the obstruction of justice charge.
Republican Senators Collins (ME), Chafee (RI), Gorton (WA), Jeffords (VT), Shelby (AL), Snowe (ME), Specter (PA), Stevens (AL), Warner (VA) and Thompson (TN) voted "not guilty" to the charge of perjury.
Voting "not guilty" on the obstruction of justice charge were Senators Collins, Snowe, Jeffords, Chafee and Specter.
Clinton may still face censure or indictment by Independent Counsel Ken Starr either during or after his presidential term.
Media Resources: Washington Post - February 12, 1999
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .