The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently released its decision in a case regarding the enforcement of a subpoena issued by the state Republicans’ Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. The subpoena was sent to the Pennsylvania Department of State and asked for various pieces of information from the 2020 elections. In response, Pennsylvania’s Democratic state senators filed a lawsuit looking to block the enforcement of the subpoena. The court ultimately decided that it would not enforce the subpoena, but that the Republicans could enforce it themselves.
An appeals court in #Pennsylvania has refused to force the Dept. of State to release personal voter information to Senate Republicans for their ongoing investigation into the 2020 election, but it left the door open for the probe to continue. https://t.co/65zCjFF0YK
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) February 12, 2023
The court’s decision was written by Judge Emerita Mary Hannah Leavitt, who stated that the Senate Committee had chosen to seek election-related materials by legislative subpoena, and that it was bound by that choice. Leavitte also wrote that the subpoena duces tecum can be enforced by the legislature, and its constitutional power needs no augmentation in the form of a common law writ of mandamus.
The decision has left many wondering what will happen next. For the past year and a half, the investigation has largely stalled as these issues were being litigated in the courts. Although the court has told the Republicans that they can enforce the subpoena, it is not clear how they can enforce the subpoena. It is not clear what tools they have in order to force compliance.
The court’s decision to not enforce the subpoena has been met with mixed reactions. On one hand, some see it as a victory for the Democrats who were looking to block the enforcement of the subpoena. On the other hand, some see it as a setback for Republicans who were hoping that the court would help them in their investigation into the 2020 elections.
Regardless of how people feel about the court’s decision, it is clear that this case is far from over. It remains to be seen how the Republicans will go about enforcing the subpoena and what information they will be able to uncover as part of their investigation. It is also unclear how this case will ultimately affect future elections in Pennsylvania and beyond.
The court’s decision has certainly added another layer of complexity to an already complicated situation. It is now up to the Republicans to figure out how to move forward with their investigation and whether or not they will be able to uncover any information that could potentially lead to changes in future elections. Only time will tell how this case will ultimately play out and what impact it will have on Pennsylvania’s election process going forward.
The preceding article is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Conservative Institute