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Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:44 AM

GOP lawmaker seeks impeachment of justices in Pa. gerrymandering case

Source: PennLive

Rep. Cris Dush, whose district include parts of Indiana and Jefferson counties, began circulating a memo seeking support for the longshot impeachment articles on Monday.

In it, he argues that the five Democratic justices who signed the order overturning the map of the state's 18 congressional districts as unconstitutionally gerrymandered "blatantly and clearly contradict[ed] the plain language of the Pennsylvania Constitution," and "engaged in misbehavior in office."

The court's order that the General Assembly redraw Pennsylvania's congressional map, which was handed down on Jan. 22, "overrides the express legislative and executive authority, found in Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, concerning the Governor's veto authority and the General Assembly's subsequent authority to override such veto. Article IV, Section 15 clearly lays out the path a bill must take to become law."

Dush's memo includes impeachment articles for Justices Max Baer, David Wecht, Debra Todd, Christine Donohue and Kevin Dougherty.

Read more: http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/02/gop_lawmaker_seeks_impeachment.html#incart_river_home



Elections do matter. That's how we got 5 Democratic State Supreme Court Justices instead of 7 like this guy Dush.

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Reply GOP lawmaker seeks impeachment of justices in Pa. gerrymandering case (Original post)
bucolic_frolic Feb 2018 OP
Ohiogal Feb 2018 #1
Eliot Rosewater Feb 2018 #2
Ohiogal Feb 2018 #3
iluvtennis Feb 2018 #5
Whiskeytide Feb 2018 #4
riversedge Feb 2018 #6
bucolic_frolic Feb 2018 #7
DeminPennswoods Feb 2018 #13
Gothmog Feb 2018 #8
BumRushDaShow Feb 2018 #9
Blue_Tires Feb 2018 #10
durablend Feb 2018 #11
lagomorph777 Feb 2018 #12

Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:46 AM

1. Oh for Pete's sake. What idiots.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:46 AM

2. GOP hates democracy and will do ANYTHING to circumvent it.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:49 AM

3. It's the only way they can stay in power.

Lie and cheat.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:57 AM

5. Indeed.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:56 AM

4. Jethro is a Justice on the PA ...

... Supreme Court? When did he get out of brain surgery?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:59 AM

6. I have a feeling these repugs are serious...




.....Dush's memo includes impeachment articles for Justices Max Baer, David Wecht, Debra Todd, Christine Donohue and Kevin Dougherty.

Republicans in the Senate have separately tried to get Wecht kicked off the case. They have also challenged Donohue's impartiality.

*House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, whose committee would likely handle Dush's proposal, dismissed the justices as "partisan hacks" who'd overstepped their authority.


"The court has ... early in this court's current makeup, ... showed their partisanship and their total disregard for the US Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution they decided to try and rewrite with their recent ruling," said Metcalfe, who has signed on as a co-sponsor to Dush's proposal. "So I think these judges have shown they are not justices at all, they're are partisan hacks that are sitting on the court.

Metcalfe could not provide a timeline for when Dush's bill might see action in his committee, noting that it had not been formally introduced yet.............

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Response to riversedge (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 12:06 PM

7. They would have to act very quickly

The new districts must be written by Feb 9, and signed into law by the Governor by February 16.

So really, once that's done, they can impeach all they want.

Lightning Impeachment? No hearings, just a vote?

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Response to riversedge (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 02:19 PM

13. Metcalfe again

If this is in his committee, expect it to be passed out of his committee and sent to the floor.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 12:40 PM

8. This is a stupid move even by a repug

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:16 PM

9. As bucolic frolic noted

they have until Friday to draw up a new map or the court will do it themselves.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:20 PM

10. For the record, this is how fascist autocracies operate

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:47 PM

11. Like cornered rats

Even the sane but maybe not liberal people are saying this is all bullshit and they're just trying to keep power whatever way possible.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:49 PM

12. Boy are they scared silly.

And this is plain silly.

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