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Friday, April 08, 2005
Impeachment Injunction-ated! (JCouncil Calls Up the Second Judicial Council)
When SQUELCH! Senator and "Voice of Reason" Ben Narodick filed his intial suit against the Senate for what he felt was an illegal move to impeach Jessica Unterhalter, BAD said: " The balance of powers whines are going to fly when the Judicial Council orders an in junction on the senate trying to impeach a Judicial Council member for overruling an executive order that overrode a Judicial Council order. "
The Judicial Council, being a major source of conflict in recent days, happily obliged and has halted the impeachment attempt against Unterhalter. I'll upload the actual injunction later. [For the now hideously outdated take on this, the Daily Cal has an aticle up about the initial impeachment of Unterhalter by the Senate.]
So the Judicial Council decided that Ben's suit had enough merit to procede, but since a member of the Judicial Council was a party to the suit, obviously it would be a massive conflict of interest for the JCouncil to hear the suit. So they have turned to plan B, which is called the "Emergency Second Court". I have no idea how exactly this trial works, or even how they pick the people for this court, but I assume that there will be information over the weekend from Attorney General Mike Davis and/or JCouncil Chair Gregg on what the hell is going on.
And as a disclosure, I think Ben's suit is almost entirely without merit, except considering that his suit is based around rather convoluted interpretations of how the bylaws and Constitution contradict each other, I have approximately zero confidence that a bunch of newbies unversed in ASUC ins and outs will be able to figure this out. This election long ago jumped the shark, and has been hovering somewhere between farce and tragedy for some time now. Expect more suits before this all gets sorted out.
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