SGA Supreme Court will decide Presidents fate today
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 23:10
Student Body President Ramiro Jaime Jr.’s fate as president of Student Government Association might be determined a week early.
The SGA Supreme Court will convene today to determine if the Senate’s actions to depose Jaime during the Oct. 1 meeting were constitutional.
The Senate said at that meeting that in light of his impeachment, Jaime wasn’t fit to serve as president and wouldn’t be an effective leader in an 11-2 vote of no confidence. The vote gave the power to Vice President Kolby Flowers.
In an appeal to the court, Jaime said that he believed the Senate’s actions during the meeting were unconstitutional.
Upon receiving Jaime’s appeal, Chief Justice Frank Parker issued a Stay of Action Order to SGA on Wednesday that temporarily reversed the actions that put Jaime out of power until the case is ruled on by the Supreme Court. Along with reinstating his power, Jaime requested that the Court make every action taken by SGA during the meeting in question null and void.
If the Court rules in Jaime’s favor, the following actions will be reversed in addition to Jaime’s reinstatement:
- The termination of Jaime’s unauthorized personal assistant,
- Senator Steven Perry’s appointment to Rules and Regulations Chief,
- F13-05, legislation passed unanimously by the senate that advocates for an Authentic Identification program at Sam Houston State University for LGBT individuals, and
- F13-06, legislation unanimously passed by the senate that declares October as LGBT History Month at SHSU.
Senator Sara Barrow proposed the motion in question, saying that she felt that Jaime was unable to serve as an effective leader.
“After consultation with many members of the Senate, I feel that this action is the best way to ensure the functionality of the organization in the short term,” Barrow said. “This is not a personal action or a movement to impeach, but solely an action to ensure the well being of the student body.”
Jaime said in his appeal that the Senate acted unconstitutionally and clung to semantics as a reason for his opinion.
“If you read the Senator’s motion once again, the motion was that the Senate currently has no confidence in the president's ability to serve as an effective leader of the student government,” Jaime said.
The Senate voted in favor of Barrow’s proposal for the same reasons they want to impeach Jaime, according to Flowers.
“I believe the intention [of the constitutional clause] was that if the president is unable to resign or give up power, the Senate can take this action,” Jaime said. “If the Senate gets to determine what they think is inability, then I believe that their determination was based solely on the premise that they want to strip me of my position as Student Body President.”
The charges against Jaime are Dereliction of Duty and Malfeasance, including the alleged misuse of student service fees on multiple occasions.
The Supreme Court hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. today.