Nov 16, 2022 - News

Krasner impeachment articles to go before the full Pennsylvania House

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner folds his arms.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is one step closer to being impeached.

Driving the news: The GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday along party lines to approve articles of impeachment against Krasner, a Democrat who has been under fire for months over the way his office prosecutes violent crime in Philadelphia.

  • The impeachment effort will now move before the full House, where Republicans hold a majority, for a vote as early as today.

Between the lines: If approved, Krasner would face a trial before the GOP-controlled Senate, where two-thirds of lawmakers would have to support the DA's removal.

  • It's unclear when the Senate might schedule a trial as they're not expected to reconvene for the rest of the year.

Catch up fast: The DA isn't accused of committing a crime, and the articles of impeachment, introduced by Rep. Martina White of Philadelphia, refer to Krasner's alleged "misbehavior in office" and accuse him of obstructing the House committee's probe.

  • Lawmakers voted earlier this year to hold Krasner in contempt for not complying with a subpoena seeking records and the case file of a Philadelphia police officer that Krasner's office was prosecuting.
  • The prosecutor has pushed back against the idea that he's committed any impeachable offense and suggested the legislative committee's efforts are politically motivated.

What they're saying: White testified at Tuesday's hearing that Krasner's office has inappropriately used discretion to not prosecute certain crimes.

  • White also accused Krasner of failing to protect residents from a "crisis of crime" as the city grapples with near-record-setting violence.
  • "His dereliction of duty and despicable behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated," White said.

The other side: Krasner's office said in a statement that House Republicans were "using their final days as lame duck legislators with majority control to engage in a Hail Mary attempt to remove" the DA from office.

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