The impeachment trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is set to begin in the Pennsylvania Senate in January, state Senate Republicans announced Wednesday.
The decision to reconvene comes just over a week after the city’s chief prosecutor was impeached by the state House of Representatives in a 107-85 vote along party lines. . Only one representative from Philadelphia, Rep. Martina White, voted for impeachment. The district attorney’s office has long denied any wrongdoing and called the impeachment effort a political stunt because Krasner has not been charged with a crime.
“The Senate’s constitutional obligations are clear, so we stand ready to fulfill our duties and continue with the impeachment process for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner next week,” said Jake Corman, outgoing Senate President. He noted that the state Senate will meet again for two days next week – Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30, to begin the pre-trial process, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 18.
During these two scheduled sessions, the Senate will pass resolutions setting impeachment rules, invite House impeachment officials to formally present the articles of impeachment to the state Senate, and each senator will take an oath to formally initiate the process.
Krasner will be summoned to the Senate to respond to the impeachment and will have until Dec. 21 to respond. He will then be ordered to appear before the state Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. before the start of the impeachment trial, according to Senate Republicans.
The district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the impending state Senate trial, though Krasner has previously said his office’s lawsuit challenging the legality of the impeachment effort is still
.@PittsburghPG is right: Last week's impeachment is a shameful attempt to overturn the will of many Philadelphia voters who want a fairer justice system.— DA Larry Krasner (@DA_LarryKrasner) November 21, 2022
Our lawsuit challenging the legality of this authoritarian move remains pending in court.https://t.co/qClpgoumnQ
Convictions on articles of impeachment are rare in Pennsylvania, where the legislature has removed only one elected official in its 340-year history: Rolf Larsen, a former state Supreme Court justice. who was impeached in 1994 for a host of ethics violations. Larsen’s impeachment and impeachment is the only precedent upon which the state legislature bases its removal of Krasner.
The standard for impeachment in Pennsylvania is “all misconduct in office,” and the seven articles of impeachment against Krasner detail several policies and actions taken by Krasner, which his sponsors say contributed to the increase in crime. in the city.
These policies include not asking for cash bail for those charged with misdemeanor and non-violent crimes, not prosecuting people for prostitution or possession of marijuana, and taking into account an accused’s immigration status in the plea bargaining process.
The articles of impeachment paint a picture of a “city that has descended into an unprecedented crisis of anarchy”, describing violent crimes that occurred in all parts of the city at all hours of the day under Krasner’s leadership, including on public transportation, near schools, and in populated neighborhoods filled with families.
In a written statement following his impeachment, Krasner noted that in Pennsylvania history, the House of Representatives has never voted to impeach someone because they don’t like their ideas.
“They impeached me without providing any evidence linking our policies to an increase in crime,” Krasner said. “We never had the opportunity to defend our ideas and our policies – policies that I would have been proud to explain. That Pennsylvania Republicans willfully avoided hearing the facts about my office is shameful. Every voter in Philadelphia is not just 3/5 of a voter. Philadelphia is not the colony of Pennsylvania. Philadelphians are taxed and represented. The votes of Philadelphia and the electors of Philadelphia must not be erased.
While the impeachment trial is sure to trigger a series of legal proceedings, experts don’t believe it’s possible for the state senate to remove Krasner from office. To convict and remove an impeached official, the state senate needs a two-thirds majority.
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