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  •  I read the words "have committed" to leave the (13+ / 0-)

    judgement up to the body trying the impeachment. If the constitution intended to mean "has been convicted of",for me at least, that's what it would say.

    Forty years ago I did a college paper on Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of the British East India Company who had been impeached and was being tried in the House of Lords at the very time the Framers were debating the language of the federal Constitution. It was especially timely because, as you may remember, there was a lot of talk about impeaching the President, who later resigned.

    The thrust of the paper was the understanding of the Founders when they wrote the federal impeachment language. In debate one of them, I can't recall which, said on the floor of the constitutional convention "Warren Hastings committed no felony" or words very like that. In fact, Hastings had never been convicted, or even accused, of any criminal offense in any court.

    While the Florida Constitution may be a whole 'nother animal, sadly I've come to agree with then Rep. Gerald Ford when he said in Congress (regarding impeaching Chief Justice Earl Warren) "An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of this House says it is."

    “Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

    by DaNang65 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:14:39 PM PST

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