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State Senators tentatively plan to vote Tuesday on expelling -- or perhaps censuring -- domestic-violence misdemeanant Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-Jackson Heights). He's preparing to resist.

This kind of proceeding is so rare that some discussions of the legal angles here reach to 1920 when the Republican Assembly speaker Thaddeus C. Sweet refused to seat legally elected members because they were Socialists -- and former Republican Gov. Charles Evans Hughes helped efforts to stop their exclusion.

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State Sen. Hiram Monserrate after his sentencing in January. (Photo by Patrick McCarthy)