Pa. House GOP leader criticizes judicial impeachment

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2018 5:35 AM

FILE PHOTO: State House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana speaks with members of the media at the Capitol in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The Republican majority leader of the state House is distancing himself from an effort by some of his members to impeach four Democratic state Supreme Court justices over their ruling in a congressional redistricting case.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed says disagreement over the outcome of any particular case shouldn't be grounds for impeachment.

Twelve Republican members in the 203-seat House signed onto impeachment resolutions that were introduced earlier this week against the four justices.

The Republican chief justice expressed concern about an effort by several House Republicans to impeach four Democratic justices over their rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

Chief Justice Thomas Saylor issued a statement two days after 12 House Republicans introduced resolutions seeking to impeach the four justices.

"I am very concerned by the reported filing of impeachment resolutions against justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania related to the court's decision about congressional redistricting," Saylor said. "Threats of impeachment directed against justices because of their decision in a particular case are an attack upon an independent judiciary, which is an essential component of our constitutional plan of government."

Democrats on the state's highest court threw out a GOP-crafted congressional district map in January, and last month imposed their own map for this year's races.


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