Skip to comments.Peter Lucas: Legislative expulsion? It started with a wayward Hiss
Posted on 02/13/2014 5:42:47 AM PST by luke1825
Former Rep. Carlos Henriquez may be the latest member of the Massachusetts Legislature booted out of office by his colleagues, but he certainly is not the first.
That "honor" belongs to Rep. Joseph Hiss of Boston, who in 1855 became the first member of the Massachusetts Legislature to be expelled from office. In between Hiss and Henriquez, a third state representative was ousted 100 years ago.
Little did Hiss know at the time that his ouster would lead to an historic Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling 160 years ago, since upheld, that confirmed the authority of the Legislature to police the behavior of its members, as well as to kick members out if warranted.
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