Pennsylvania Supreme Court responds to impeachment resolution

Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is responding to a lawmaker’s call to impeach a justice.

On Tuesday, state Rep. Frank Ryan introduced a resolution to impeach Justice David Wecht for misbehavior in office. Ryan says the judge’s opinion and actions in recent cases — including ruling in favor of Governor Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders — were out of line.

“We’ve had such an intrusion on our constitutional rights, over the past, since the pandemic started. This legislating from the bench, of which Justice Wecht has been a leading advocate from it,” Ryan said.

Wecht responded, saying “In the United States of America we do not impeach judges with whose opinions we disagree. We are a nation of laws, not a nation of mobs.”

Republican Chief Justice Thomas Saylor agreed saying “an independent judiciary is a cornerstone of our constitutional Democracy. Threats of removal directed against judges based upon their decisions in selected cases are an affront to judicial independence.”

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