Face-slashing former state senator Hiram Monerrate feels he should not have lost his post. He feels the Senate had no business expelling him. Reports The Times:
“The Senate claims it has inherent powers to do what it wants with regard to its members,” [Monserrate lawyer Steven] Hyman said. “We claim that’s wrong.”
The counsel for the attorney general’s office, which is defending the Senate against Mr. Monserrate’s lawsuit, told the judge that the claim that the Senate could not remove one of its own members was “a breathtaking argument,” especially considering that every other state has a process for expelling legislators.
“Breathtaking argument” wouldn’t seem to bode well, but Monserrate remains sanguine. He still has his supporters–like himself, and some other guy:
“Ultimately, I believe justice will prevail,” Mr. Monserrate said outside the courthouse.
One of his supporters, Rolando Bini, said: “I like him. He’s a rebel. And every once in awhile you need someone like him to shake things up.”
Monserrate’s rebellious nature manifested itself in a refusal to do community service, writes the Post:
Expelled state Sen.shamelessly blew off all three of his court-ordered counseling sessions and has barely begun his 250 hours of community service — putting him in the cross hairs of furious city officials looking to revoke his probation, The Post has learned….