TITLE: II. The Impeachment
Process and Challenges in
bill of attainder - a
legislative act that singles out one or more persons and imposes punishment on
them, without a trial.
bi-partisan - supported by
members of two parties, especially two major political parties.
categorical immunity – not
held responsible under any circumstances.
compel – force someone to
disclosure – making
something known that was previously unknown.
due process – the
administration of justice according to established rules and principles.
Ethics Commission advisory
opinion – a formal response from the Commission to persons who are subject to
the Code of Ethics that ask how the Code applies to specific situations.
executive session – when
the public is excluded from the meeting of a public agency for purposes of
discussing personnel matters, pending litigation, security issues, real estate
deals or disclosure of public records.
Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) - A law that requires the government to give out certain information
to the public when it receives a written request
hearsay – testimony given
by a witness who relates not what he or she heard, saw, or knew personally,
but what others have said.
hearsay rules – hearsay
testimony was allowed during the Select Committee of Inquiry hearings.
impeach - to accuse a
public official of a crime while in office.
in camera – a hearing or
inspection of documents that takes places in private.
in limine – at the outset.
(usage: Attorney Ross Garber requests permission to file a motion in limine
prior to the calling of witnesses by the Select Committee of Inquiry.)
inference - a logical
judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather
than on the basis of direct observation.
jurisdiction – the power to
exercise authority over persons and things within a territory.
justiciable - issues and
claims that can be properly examined in court.
partisan – a member of a
quorum – the minimum number
of members required to hold a meeting.
Select Committee of Inquiry
to Recommend Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives
to Impeach Governor John Rowland – a group of ten Representatives assigned by
the House in House Resolution 702. Committee is referred to throughout the
unit as the Select Committee of Inquiry.
separation of powers – the
idea that government is most free and effective when the powers and functions
of government are divided amongst separate, independent governmental
Speaker of the House –
Elected by the Majority party to preside over the session of the House. Sets
the agenda for the party issues and controls which bills are debated on the
special counsel – a lawyer
appointed for a particular purpose. (Attorney Steven Reich was appointed as
Special Counsel for the Select Committee of Inquiry.)
standing – the right or
capacity to initiate a suit.
State Ethics Commission –
in Connecticut, a nine member panel created to administer and enforce the
State's Codes of Ethics.
stay – an order forbidding
an action until an event occurs or the order is lifted.
subpoena – an order
requiring an individual to testify.