GOP lawmakers seek to impeach judges over congressional map

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Twelve Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania have signed on to resolutions seeking to impeach four Democratic justices on the state Supreme Court over rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

Four resolutions introduced Tuesday argue the justices acted improperly through rulings that gave lawmakers about three weeks to enact a new district map and then produced a court-drawn map.

The court ruled a 2011 GOP-crafted map was unconstitutionally drawn. The replacement is widely expected to help Democrats as they seek to flip some seats now held by Republicans.

The co-sponsors are among the House’s more conservative Republicans.

No members of the GOP <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member%E2%80%94information/house/officers.cfm”>leadership</a> have signed on, and a caucus spokesman says they need to gauge how much support there is to proceed.

The resolutions seek impeachment of justices <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&amp;sInd=0&amp;body=H&amp;type=R&amp;bn=0766″>David Wecht</a> , <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&amp;sInd=0&amp;body=H&amp;type=R&amp;bn=0767″>Debra Todd</a> , <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&amp;sInd=0&amp;body=H&amp;type=R&amp;bn=0768″>Christine Donohue</a> and <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&amp;sInd=0&amp;body=H&amp;type=R&amp;bn=0769″>Kevin Dougherty</a> .

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