This newspaper believes Westminster should change the outdated law which can allow a convicted wife-beater like Bill Walker to stay on at Holyrood.
Walker was found guilty last week of 23 charges of assault relating to his ex-wives and a step-daughter.
However, due to the case being heard at a summary level, the maximum sentence a sheriff can impose is 12 months in prison.
Under the 1981 Representation of the People Act, a parliamentarian can only be banned if he is jailed for more than a year.
Every indication points to Walker clinging on to his position as the independent MSP for Dunfermline.
Labour MP Thomas Docherty is to launch a private member's bill at Westminster, which has responsibility for the law in this area, to call for reform.
The Sunday Herald believes this offers the best chance of change. We believe MSPs and MPs should lose their elected position if they receive a custodial sentence for a crime of violence - regardless of its length.
Campaigners and politicians yesterday welcomed our call.
Jenny Kemp, co-ordinator of the Zero Tolerance anti-violence charity, said: "We strongly support this campaign. Anyone imprisoned for a violent offence is not fit for public office."
Joe FitzPatrick, an SNP MSP and the Minister for Parliamentary Business, said: "We welcome this campaign by the Sunday Herald and back its objectives. We are keen to examine all options that have arisen from these matters.
"It is not currently within the Parliament's competence to establish measures for removing MSPs from office.
"Under the current arrangements in line with the Scotland Act, it is up to Mr Walker himself to stand down and, given the serious and heinous nature of his crimes, we would urge him to do so immediately."
Labour MSP Claire Baker said: "Scots deserve the highest standards of integrity from their elected representatives, and those convicted of violent crime should not be allowed to continue in their post. There needs to be a change in the law."
A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: "It is unacceptable for people like Bill Walker to continue as a member of Parliament. We will examine any proposals brought forward to prevent this from happening again."
Green MSP Patrick Harvie said it would be "right" for Holyrood to start this debate.