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DeLay apologizes for judiciary remarks, asks for new investigation

[JURIST] House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website] apologized Wednesday for saying federal judges are "responsible" for the death of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] and reiterated his belief in the importance of an independent judiciary. DeLay has nonetheless asked the House Judiciary Committee [official website] to investigate the judges who declined to order Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted for and indicated the committee could recommend impeachment for judges involved in the case. DeLay did not say whether the Supreme Court should be part of the inquiry. Democrats say the request violates the separation of powers, abandons the principles of limits to govermental powers, and could set a dangerous precedent which allows Congress to investigate judges with which it does not agree. No timetable has been set for the investigation. The Boston Globe has more.

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