If he was white would the NAACP be demanding he be allowed to serve as a state rep from behind bars?

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) — The New England Area Conference of the NAACP is asking Massachusetts lawmakers to delay expulsion hearings for Rep. Carlos Henriquez.

The state House of Representatives is expected to debate a recommendation from the Ethics Committee that called for the expulsion of Henriquez, a Boston Democrat who is serving a six-month jail sentence after being convicted last month of assaulting a former girlfriend in July 2012.

FOX 25 obtained a letter sent to state representatives from the NEAC Thursday that calls the matter of expulsion premature because the case is under appeal. It asks for lawmakers to abstain from voting or to vote against it.

They add that delaying any decision would allow for a “fair process to take place, as required under the law.”

“The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered,” reads the letter in-part.

The organization’s letter goes on to say there is “currently no rule for expulsion” in misdemeanor convictions.

“Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act,” wrote the NEAC.