Friday, May 6, 2011
Pennsylvania's Chief Justice attacks Federal Defender's role in state collateral proceedings in capital cases
Chief Justice Castille's concurring opinion in Commonwealth v. Spotz is here. In part:
[T]he cumulative effect of the Defender's strategy has taken a substantial and unwarranted toll on state courts. . . . The pleadings do not disclose or focus upon the primary cause of the delays, which very often is the prolix and abusive pleadings filed by the Defender in their many cases, as well as the Defender's ethically dubious strategies and activities in other Pennsylvania capital cases.