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Statement from PACDL President Peter E. Kratsa Regarding Pennsylvania House Resolution Calling for Wecht Impeachment

(October 11, 2020) Peter E. Kratsa, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) issued the following statement.
“As United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Kavanaugh recently stated: ‘…[A]n independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic.’ Chief Justice Roberts similarly stated that ‘an independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.’  PACDL could not agree more.
For this reason, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers joins Chief Justice Saylor, Chief Judge John E. Jones II of the Middle District, other members of the judiciary, the PBA, local Bar Associations and other stakeholders in our justice system, in condemning in the strongest possible terms House Resolution 1044 calling for the impeachment of Justice David C. Wecht. Resolutions such as these have no place in our constitutional democracy.

Our Supreme Court Justices must be free to exercise their constitutionally mandated duties as a co-equal branch of government. Politically motivated attempts to threaten removal of a Justice because certain segments of our citizenry may disagree with his or her rulings is inimical to that system.  Our individual rights depend on the ability of an independent judiciary to enforce the rule of law.”

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