Disqualification of Court of Common Pleas judge was warranted in death penalty case

January 27, 2011

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227 JudgesDisqualification of Court of Common Pleas judge was warranted in death penalty case, where judge had friendship with defendant which spanned 18 months, during which judge and defendant lifted weights together on a daily basis, and judge’s relationship with the defendant could have caused a reasonable and objective observer to harbor serious doubts about the judge’s impartiality.
In re Disqualification of Rastatter, 937 N.E.2d 1007

Suggested by Ben Frisch, West Attorney-Editor