More than two years into an impeachment fight, a lawyer for U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. made one last appeal today for the Senate not to remove his client from the bench.

Porteous’ lawyer Jonathan Turley delivered his closing argument to a distracted chamber. About half of the senators were in attendance, as some of them took time out to appear on television to discuss the tax package announced by President Barack Obama late Monday. At one point, 41 senators were visible in the chamber, despite pleading earlier by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for senators to be there in person.