Pennsylvania GOP moves to impeach Philly DA Larry Krasner

Pennsylvania state Republicans are set to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over his soft-on-crime policy, which they say has fueled the city’s record levels of violent crime.

Republican Representatives, led by Rep. Martina White, filed articles of impeachment against the progressive prosecutor on Wednesday, the the wall street journal reported. A bipartisan majority in the State House tasked the House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order with investigating the causes and solutions to Philadelphia’s historic spike in crime. State Representative Torren Ecker (R.), a member of the committee, argued that impeaching Krasner was a necessary step.

“Since this process began, we’ve heard devastating stories of victims of crime, businesses closing because they don’t feel safe, and victims who have been revictimized by a prosecutor’s office. who don’t want to help them when they’d rather help the criminals,” Ecker said. “It is misconduct in the office, for which [Krasner] should be removed.”

Philadelphia recorded a record 562 homicides last year, and police have reported 438 in 2022 so far, leading many to criticize Krasner’s handling of criminals. Just last week, a murderer whom Krasner released from a life sentence last year returned to custody for his connection to a second murder, the Free Washington Beacon reported. In April 2021, Krasner downplayed the city’s historic crime rise at a posh fundraiser just hours after eight people were shot outside a Philadelphia train station.

“The City of Philadelphia can no longer afford to wait for us to act on what we already know to be true: that Krasner is responsible for the increase in crime in our city due to his failure to carry out his duty to prosecute the guilty and to protect the innocent,” White, whose district includes part of Philadelphia, said at a press conference Wednesday morning.

The GOP-controlled House will need a simple majority to impeach Krasner. The bill would move to the state Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans, for a possible trial. It would take a two-thirds vote to remove Krasner from office.

Krasner called the investigation a “political stunt.” On Twitter, he called the move “devastating to democracy” and said “it shows how far the Republican Party is moving towards fascism.”

“We must do something to free the people of Philadelphia from the crisis of crime and violence that has destroyed lives and property and made Philadelphians prisoners of fear,” said the majority leader of the Pennsylvania House, Kerry Benninghoff (R.).

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