This morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to bring two charges to the House floor next week. The professors' letter makes no recommendation for what punishment, if any, they believe Trump should face.
E. Ann Puckett, professor of law emerita at the University of Georgia, said she believes the House has a duty to impeach the president even if the Republican-controlled Senate does not vote to convict and remove him from office.
“President Trump’s behavior threatens the foundation of our democratic republic,” Puckett said.
Other scholars affiliated with UGA, Georgia State University, Emory University, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and Mercer University also signed on. But most faculty members at these schools have not.
Mercer University law professor Dave Oedel said his views are similar to Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law expert who testified during a Judiciary Committee hearing against impeachment.
“Neither of us voted for Trump but believe in essence that this is an inappropriate partisan use of impeachment,” Oedel said. “The standard is set too low. If there really were a case of bribery, it should have been charged.”
The Georgia legal scholars who names appear on the pro-impeachment letter:
- Suparna Malempati, John Marshall
- Alexander "Sasha" Volokh, Emory
- Martha Albertson, Fineman Emory
- Michael Perry, Emory
- Barbara Woodhouse, Emory
- Mary Dudziak, Emory
- Paul Zwier, Emory
- William A. Edmundson, Georgia State
- Jack Sammons, Mercer
- Richard W. Creswell, Mercer
- David Ritchie, Mercer
- Donal Wells, Mercer
- Ted Blumoff, Mercer
- Stephen Johnson, Mercer
- Sarah Gerwig-Moore, Mercer
- Patrick Longan, Mercer
- Suzianne Painter-Thorne, Mercer
- Gary Simson, Mercer
- E. Ann Puckett, UGA
- Thomas Eaton, UGA
- Paul Kurtz, UGA