HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania House Republicans announce they are beginning proceedings to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Representatives Josh Kail, Torren Ecker and Tim O’Neal announced the start of impeachment proceedings on Monday due to Philadelphia’s runaway crime and violence.
The three members say they are circulating a co-sponsorship note for supporters of the articles of impeachment and believe he will receive bipartisan support.
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“We fully anticipate that this will be a bipartisan effort, we fully anticipate garnering some support among this effort because, quite honestly, the dereliction of duty and failure of Larry Krasner is well known throughout the Commonwealth,” Rep. Josh Kail said. .
They say the decision to begin impeachment proceedings for Krasner did not come overnight.
“We did not come to this decision lightly or easily. In fact, we are taking this step after taking significant steps to pass legislation that addresses violent crime in Philadelphia by ensuring that our current laws are enforced,” Rep. Josh Kail said. “We are beginning this process now because unchecked violent crime in Philadelphia has reached a breaking point due to District Attorney Krasner’s willful refusal to enforce existing laws.”
Last week, 3 people were killed and 11 were injured in a shooting on Philadelphia’s popular South Street, which was the “last straw” in their decision to seek impeachment.
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Representatives say Krasner is failing in his duty to enforce the laws.
“Across the country, people are resisting the unchecked, unchecked violence and lawlessness that is allowed because of radical politicians in district attorneys’ offices, like Larry Krasner,” he said. “Just last week, businesses in the city said they were considering relocating due to spikes in crime. Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s main economic engine, a tourist attraction, and the birthplace of our freedoms. If unchecked crime prevents businesses and tourists from visiting and settling in Philadelphia, it impacts Pennsylvania as a whole.
Once the articles of impeachment are introduced, they will be referred to a committee for approval. Once approved, the statutes of impeachment can be reviewed by the full House of Representatives where a simple majority vote will be required before going to trial in the Senate to determine whether the impeached official should be removed from office. its functions. This requires a 2/3 majority vote.
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