HARRISBURG, PA – According to reports, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is officially being impeached over what has been described as “catastrophic consequences” or his “progressives philosophies” in a city that continues to seek a surge in violent crime.
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On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania state House voted 107-85 in favor of impeachment for Krasner’s “misbehavior in office.” This vote sets him up for an impeachment trial in the Pennsylvania Senate.
Records indicate that this is the first such hearing in nearly 30 years and one of only a handful of times the centuries-old legislature has sough to actually remove someone from office.
The House resolution accuses Krasner’s Office of a continued “focus on issues that promote progressive philosophies rather than how to effectively prosecute a criminal case.” The resolution alleges:
“In reality, the policies and practices of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office instituted under the direction of District Attorney Krasner have led to catastrophic consequences for the people of the City of Philadelphia.”
“His lack of proper leadership serves as a direct and proximate cause of the crisis currently facing the city of Philadelphia.”
Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner impeached by the Republican Pa. House, advancing the GOP-led effort to remove him from office. https://t.co/q9aWCgf58w via @http://twitter.com/ubnews/
— Tom (@ThosChamberlain) November 19, 2022
Krasner is accused of failing to prosecute minor crimes and allowing soft-on-crime bail policies that fail to lock up dangerous criminals. He is also accused of obstructing the House’s investigation of his office.
Rep. Tim Bonner, a former prosecutor, warned that “anarchy and violence will prevail” if elected leaders ignore the laws as they are currently written. He added:
“No one individual has the right to set aside the laws of Congress or the General Assembly because they simply do not like the law. No one has that degree of absolute power.”
“Abuse of power by an elected official in office is the corruption of power and constitutes misbehavior in office.”
State Rep. Martina White, a prime sponsor of the impeachment resolution, said that “no public official is above accountability.” White added:
“This man has denied that there is even a crisis of crime happening on our streets.”
Of the lawmakers present during the meeting on Wednesday, November 16th, all but one Republican voted for impeachment, while every single Democrat opposed it.
Reportedly, Krasner’s removal from office requires two-thirds vote in the Senate, where Republicans currently hold 28 of the 50 seats.
As of this writing, it is still unclear if the state Senate will launch a trial as the two-year legislative session ends in two weeks. However, the chamber’s top-ranking Republican, state Sen. Kim Ward said that she intends to add days to the session specifically for the matter at hand.
Pennsylvania House votes to impeach Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner https://t.co/T3SFXYkQIE
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In response to the looming impeachment trial, Krasner hit back by tweeting:
“Philadelphians’ votes and Philadelphia voters should not be erased. History will harshly judge this anti-democratic authoritarian effort to erase Philly votes – votes by black, brown, and broke people in Philadelphia. And voters will have the last word.”
In a separate statement, he also called it the only time the state Senate has ever “used the drastic remedy of impeachment of an elected official because they do not like their ideas.” He claimed:
“They have impeached me without presenting a single shred of evidence connecting our policies to any uptick in crime.”
The last person in the state of Pennsylvania who was impeached and ultimately removed was Rolf Larsen, who was ousted in 1994 for making legal decisions based on improper conversations with a political supporter.
The only other examples of impeachments that led to removals occurred more than 200 years ago in 1803 and 1811.
Democrats argue that Krasner is being scapegoated for wider problems with crime, that the case against him is weak, and that his removal would be an abuse of legislative power. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philly), said in a statement:
“You are doing the wrong thing. I will be generous and say that maybe you’re making a mistake, but if you look at what is before us, and when we think about the sacred obligation we have as members of this august body, this is not what we ought to be doing.”
State Rep. Mike Zabel, a Democrat from Philadelphia who served as a city assistant district attorney under Krasner’s predecessor in office, said that Krasner is being blamed unfairly for things that were not entirely his fault. He said:
“The truth is that prosecuting crimes in one of the largest cities in the country is a complex task with a never-ending parade of challenges.”
In the last few years, Krasner is not the only Democrat, progressive, soft-on-crime prosecutor to come under fire or be removed from office.
Voters in San Francisco recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin in June and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon narrowly survived a similar effort over the summer; he is still facing additional requests to be removed from office.
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