The charge was accepting bribes and, though he was not convicted in a criminal trial, his fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives impeached him and the Senate, also controlled by Democrats, removed him from office.
In other words, he was too big a risk to leave on a federal court, whether or not the damning circumstantial evidence was enough for a jury. But now Speaker-to-be Pelosi apparently doesn't think it is too big a risk to put Congressman Hastings in charge of the nation's top secret intelligence.
No doubt international terrorist networks could offer much larger bribes for such information than a federal district judge could get and the consequences could be infinitely worse.
Nancy Pelosi, however, seems to have her eye fixed on the little picture -- how she can use her new-found power to show Congresswoman Jane Harman who is boss, since Ms. Harman would ordinarily get that chairmanship on the basis of seniority.
Moreover, Congressman Hastings is black and anyone who opposes someone who is black risks the charge of "racism." Again, politics trumps statesmanship.
With North Korea and Iran both moving toward becoming nuclear powers while the United Nations chatters away, this is truly a time of enormous issues and petty "leaders."