The Pennsylvania Senate is beginning what could be a long and partisan process to consider whether to forcibly remove Philadelphia Democratic District Attorney Larry Krasner.
formally received by members of the Republican-controlled Senate articles of impeachment It was read aloud by the House impeachment manager at a ceremony after the senators were sworn in as jurors.
The impeachment is part of a nationwide effort to dismiss progressive prosecutors over crime-fighting policies at a time of rising violent crime across the country. Krasner has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
The Republican majority in the Senate said House members are constitutionally obligated to consider articles of impeachment. Minority Democrats, however, say Republicans are unconstitutionally pushing the process past the end of Wednesday’s legislative session into a new two-year session.
The impeachment trial itself is not scheduled to begin until January 18. Krasner has until December 21st to submit the petition.
The Senate sets up a committee of senators to hear the evidence and submit a report to the entire House.
Krasner — a progressive civil rights attorney who ran against the death penalty, cash bail, and prosecution of minor nonviolent crimes — Re-elected by overwhelming majority last year Four years in the second term. He calls his impeachment “pure politics,” an effort to overthrow the will of Philadelphia voters, and Democrats call it an abuse of legislative power.
In the article, House Republicans argued that Krasner’s policies and practices had “devastating consequences” for the citizens of Philadelphia.
But Krasner said House Republicans didn’t have the slightest evidence that his policies were associated with an “increase” in crime, and many researchers argued that progressive crime-fighting policies and murder It states that there is no relationship between the increase in the rate.
The Krasner impeachment vote in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives was in line with the party line, with one exception. The Senate vote to convict him and remove him from office will require the cooperation of the Democrats, and the Democrats have shown no willingness to cooperate.
The state constitution requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, or 34 out of 50 senators, to convict. In the Nov. 8 election, Republicans won her 28-22 majority in the Senate in the upcoming Congress.
The Pennsylvania Senate last held an impeachment trial nearly 30 years ago, convicting a former state Supreme Court justice after a months-long process. Rolf Larsenhad already been convicted of conspiracy in a criminal court and dismissed.
Krasner’s impeachment vote came amid disagreements between Krasner and senior police officers over rising gun violence and murders in the state’s largest city, and how to stop it. It clashed with the city’s police union in a number of criminal cases, including indictments against police officers in the sixth-most populous city.
House Republicans approved seven articles of impeachment, including complaints about Krasner’s indictment and bail policy. They also cited court accusations of how his office handled some cases, and accused him of failing to adequately inform crime victims of developments in certain cases, alleging that Krasner Allegedly obstructing a House investigation into the office of
Krasner and Democrats accuse Republicans of ignoring violence by sabotaging the city’s efforts to enact gun control measures. Democrats also say their case against Krasner is weak.
Pennsylvania legislators only removed two officials (both judges) from impeachment. First he was county judge in 1811.
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