(TargetLiberty.org) – On Friday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill that would allow the creation of a commission that could remove local prosecutors who “refuse to uphold the law.”
In a recent release, Kemp’s office announced the creation of the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission (PACQ) which would serve as a “valuable oversight mechanism” for district attorneys and solicitors-general as it would ensure that they followed their constitutional and statutory responsibilities.
In his release, Kemp argued that law enforcement officers were constantly forced to put their lives at risk in order to bring to justice criminal offenders. He proceeded to note that he would not allow them to meet “resistance from rogue or incompetent prosecutors” who were not properly following the law. He further argued that this commission was going to help ensure that prosecutors driven by politics and not their responsibilities would not be able to not uphold the law as they were obliged to in order to make communities safer.
Under this new system, District attorneys and solicitors general might also end up being removed for conduct that did not uphold the administration of justice which could result in the reputation of the office being diminished.
The commission is going to be launched on July 1st and will start accepting complaints three months later on October 1st.
Georgia Democrats have claimed that the Republicans and Kemp are trying to use this new commission as a way of imposing the legislature’s will on more Democratic areas in the state.
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