>> Poland's government taking one more step toward a Supreme Court overhaul that opponents contend would remove it's independence. The European Union itself threatening sanctions on it's own member state. The Upper House of Parliament passing controversial legislation in the middle of the night. As a week of protests on Warsaw's streets kept their own candles burning.
The bill would dismiss current members of the Supreme Court, except those already handpicked by the Justice Minister. It's designed to combine with other legislation recently passed, that leaves the ultimate power to replace those judges in the hands of Parliament, by changing an independent government committee tasked with vetting new judges, to include people agreed on by the law makers.
Critics say it would give too much power to the ruling party. Currently, the socially conservative law and justice party. Now, the judge's fate is squarely in the hands of President Andrzej Duda, normally an ally of the party, but now an unknown. He previously threatened to veto the measure unless one bill was amended so that 60% of Parliament was also required to approve of the judge's replacements.
Up from a simple majority, a demand that was met. Yet, the President's office says there's still what they called inconsistencies in the bill. And that he's still weighing his options. He has 21 days days to decide. The law and justice party is broadly popular in Poland, but a recent poll suggests 55% of the country wants Duda to veto it, only 29% approve.