Arthur Hellman Quoted by Wall Street Journal on Judicial Impeachment
Several members of Congress have called for the resignation of Federal District Judge Mark Fuller, who was arrested on charges of domestic violence. But if Judge Fuller does not resign, the only way of removing him from office is through the process of impeachment, Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman told the Wall Street Journal.
This was a deliberate choice by the Framers, Hellman said. He added that the protections accorded by the Constitution to federal judges are especially important when passions are running high.
“Federal judges have life tenure, and the reason for that is to enable them to resist popular and legislative pressure,” he said. “There is a long history of popular calls for impeaching federal judges, though generally for their [legal] decisions.” A federal judge can’t be forced from the bench outside of the impeachment process even if convicted of a felony, he added.
Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.