Pennsylvania Senate plans to put progressive prosecutor on trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania State Senate is beginning what may be a long and partisan process of considering whether to oust Democratic District Attorney Larry Krasner from office.

Members of the Republican-controlled Senate are scheduled to receive formal impeachment articles from House impeachment officers Wednesday, which they will read in a ceremony before the senators are sworn in as jurors.

The impeachment is part of a nationwide wave of efforts to oust progressive prosecutors over crime-fighting policies amid a nationwide rise in violent crime. Krasner was not accused of any wrongdoing.

The Republican majority in the Senate said members of the chamber have a constitutional obligation to review articles of impeachment. But minority Democrats say Republicans are unconstitutionally extending the process beyond Wednesday’s end of the legislative session to a new biennial session.

The impeachment process itself is not scheduled to begin until January 18. Krasner has until December 21 to make a plea.