The impeachment trial of Student Government Association Vice President Christopher Yancy was officially postponed last Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., just before the Thanksgiving break.
The trial will be held next Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at a location that remains to be decided.
SGA president Michael Perkins said that he decided to postpone the trial after Yancy presented a petition to push it back to Dec. 8 or 9. Perkins discussed the petition with SGA attorney general J.P. Rivera before giving his final answer.
Jason Warren, the primary author of the current constitution, will also be at the rescheduled trial.
“I think it’s going to let both sides be more prepared,” Perkins said.
Sometime this week, Perkins said he will give both Yancy and Rivera a run-down on procedure. Both will be allowed opening statements, witness questioning and closing statements.
The postponement met with an overall positive reaction from the members of SGA.
“Some senators just wanted clarification – explanation as to why it was moved down,” Perkins said. “I explained that I wanted both sides to be in agreement that they wanted the trial to be moved down. Once they heard that both sides needed more time, then they were really understanding of it.”
As of press time, the location is still unknown. The usual meeting place in the Lowman Student Center Room 315 is not large enough to accomodate the expected crowd. Perkins is looking into the LSC Theater or another auditorium on campus.
All charges, petitions and announcements can be found on the SGA office window on the third floor of the LSC.