Friday, May 13, 2011
Conviction reversed because of judge's comments
Prof. Jonathan Turley is reporting today on a case out of Oklahoma where a murder conviction was overturned due to the comments at trial by the Judge. The appeals court found the judge's comments to be “a misstatement of the law that was an inherently coercive intrusion into the jury’s deliberative process.” Interestingly, this is not the first controversy for the judge who was previously asked to step down in a criminal trial after allegedly using an offensive term to describe illegal immigrants. Go here for the full story.