Republican lawmakers are making a last-ditch effort to impeach Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley over his controversial decision two months ago to let a convicted heroin dealer off with probation.
Led by state Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, the group is asking their fellow lawmakers to direct Gov. Charlie Baker to remove Feeley from the bench using what's called a "bill of address."
The Governor's Council, which approves judicial nominees, would have to sign off on the rarely used measure.
Lyons filed a similar proposal with about 40 mostly GOP lawmakers several weeks ago, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, declined to take it up. Lyons refiled the request Monday, urging lawmakers to reconsider before the end of formal sessions on Tuesday.