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Judicial Impeachment David R. Fine relates in “No politics in third branch” [NLJ, Dec. 6]: “And there will, of course, always remain proper bases for impeachment-bribery, treason, murder, to name just a few-but we must agree now that a decision reached through the proper process of the court should never be a reason for judicial impeachment.” And all this time James Madison and I thought federal judges only held office for “good Behaviour.” [sic] What date was the Fine Amendment? George Steven Swan Greensboro, N.C. Plain English in Nebraska I read the interesting article, “Spelling it out in plain English” [By Leonard Post, NLJ, Nov. 8]. What made me smile was when you announced, regarding the drafting of criminal and civil instructions, that “Alaska was the first state to tackle the job about 20 years ago.” I don’t know whether you were talking about drafting model instructions for criminal and civil instructions or whether you were referring to the “job” of writing jury instructions to be in “plain English.” Whichever you had in mind, you missed the boat. In Nebraska, we published Nebraska Jury Instructions in 1969. That is 35 years ago. One of the goals, as stated in the preface, was: “Instructions should be stated in brief, simple language that will be clear and understandable to laymen.” There have been revisions in the book since then, but I think much of the work of the committee remains and did a decent job of simplifying for our Nebraska juries. Warren K. Urbom Lincoln, Neb. The writer is a senior U.S. district judge for the District of Nebraska.

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