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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Death Sentence Overturned on Grounds of Trial Judge's Misconduct

During a triple-murder trial's penalty phase, a Superior Court judge disparaged the defense lawyer, berated defense witnesses, made objections on the prosecution's behalf, and led jurors to believe incorrectly that the defendant had been convicted of premeditated murder. The California Supreme Court rewarded Judge Donald McCartin's performance by reversing that death sentence Monday. McCartin, the justices held, had crossed the line to the point of committing misconduct and prejudicing the trial's outcome.  Gregory Sturm will be resentenced, in a third sentencing hearing; the first was declared a mistrial.  The case is People of California v. Sturm. More from The Recorder. . .[Mark Godsey]

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on what day did judge McCartin retire ? please send me info thank you

Posted by: lenny | Nov 11, 2006 4:17:05 PM

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