After reading this news article this morning, I thought it best to break out the law area and see if we need to get rid of a Supreme Court Judge. Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion'
This guy is off his rocker. He mentions the Pledge, giving it as an example, when the Pledge was changed in the 1950's and the part, "under God" was added. The original pledge did not refer to God at all. I just did a whole article on how much the Founding Fathers were NOT Christian, nor did the Constitution or the Bill or Rights come from the Religious principles these people want to say they did.
The new Texas Senator has declared that he too is going to be pushing to get church "back into state where it belongs". I see very ugly things coming with these men. I see a new age of hate, and persecution. No good has ever come from mixing church and state. Never. Any country run with church has been in war after war and brought down by allied nations.
A Supreme Court Justice may be impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office if convicted in a Senate trial, but only for the same types of offenses that would trigger impeachment proceedings for any other government official under Articles I and II of the Constitution.
Article III, Section 1 states that judges of Article III courts shall hold their offices "during good behavior." "The phrase "good behavior" has been interpreted by the courts to equate to the same level of seriousness 'high crimes and misdemeanors" encompasses.
The Impeachment Process
Impeachment is a two-step process; the impeachment phase is similar to a Grand Jury hearing, where charges (called "articles of impeachment") are presented and the House of Representatives determines whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant a trial. If the House vote passes by a simple majority, the defendant is "impeached," and proceeds to trial in the Senate.
The indicts the accused on , and, if impeached, the conducts a to determine the party's guilt or innocence.
The Senate trial, while analogous to a criminal trial, only convenes for the purpose of determining whether a Justice, the President (or another officeholder) should be removed from office on the basis of the evidence presented at impeachment.
At the trial a committee from the House of Representatives, called "Managers," act as the prosecutors. Per constitutional mandate (Article I, Section 3), the Chief Justice of the United States (Supreme Court) must preside over the Senate trial of the President. If any other official is on trial, an "Impeachment Trial Committee" of Senators act as the presiding judges to hear testimony and evidence against the accused, which is then presented as a report to the remained of the Senate. The full Senate no longer participates in the hearing phase of the removal trial. This procedure came into practice in 1986 when the Senate amended its rules and procedures for impeachment and has been contested by several federal court judges, but the Supreme Court has declined to interfere in the process, calling the issue a political, not legal, matter.
At the conclusion of the trial, the full Senate votes and must return a two-thirds Super Majority for conviction. Convicted officials are removed from office immediately and barred from holding future office. The Senate trial, while analogous to a criminal trial, only convenes for the purpose of determining whether a Justice, the President (or another officeholder) should be removed from office on the basis of the evidence presented at impeachment.