TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 29, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh judicial bias when it takes up an appeal from a Pennsylvania death row inmate claiming a state Supreme Court justice should have stepped aside from the case. The inmate argues the justice had previously signed off on his death penalty prosecution while serving as Philadelphia’s district attorney in the 1980s, the Associated Press reports. Philadelphia prosecutors argued the judge played a “fleeting part” in the decision to seek the death penalty. The High Court last issued a decision on judicial ethics in 2009.