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Professor Ross to testify before PA House subcommittee in AG impeachment investigation


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law professor Stephen F. Ross is scheduled to testify before the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts on Tuesday in its impeachment investigation of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in room 205 of the Matthew Ryan Legislative Office Building in Harrisburg and will be streamed live on the website of the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

The hearing will center on whether the Pennsylvania legislature should proceed with a formal impeachment of Kane, who has been charged with leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it under oath.

Ross, who teaches both American and comparative constitutional law, will emphasize how impeachment is one of those special constitutional issues where the legislature, rather than the courts, determines what the constitution means. His testimony will draw on American precedents involving the impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Richard Nixon as well as concepts from the constitutional law of the British Commonwealth.

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