A group of Massachusetts lawmakers has filed a petition to have a Salem judge removed from the bench.
Lawmakers and critics of Judge Tim Feeley are outraged in large part over a recent ruling in which Feely sentenced a defendant convicted on heroin charges to probation instead of prison. They also claim that defendant was not given jail time because he's not a United States citizen.
Others in the legal community say the judge’s ruling was legal and within the sentencing guidelines. They say that the judicial process must remain independent.
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In April, Feeley came under fire for lowering the bail of John Williams, who allegedly went on to kill sheriff deputy Eugene Cole in Maine just weeks later.
A spokesperson for the court says Feeley is not able to comment on anything involving a pending case.
Last week, Rep. James Lyons (R-Andover) introduced HD 4822, a bill requesting Gov. Charlie Baker to remove Feeley from the bench. A group of fellow Republican lawmakers co-sponsored it.
If approved by the legislature, it would go to the governor and then onto the governor's council which would make the decision about impeachment.