Supreme court rules in favor of death row inmate in judge’s recusal case
Justices voted 5-3 that former Pennsylvania judge Ronald Castille was biased because he approved the inmate’s prosecution almost 30 years ago
By Alan Yuhas
June 9, 2016
“Williams sends a message that if state courts and state judges fail to police themselves with regard to fundamental conflicts of interest, the supreme court will step in to ensure that the guarantee of due process is not an impotent one,” Hofstra law professor James Sample told the Guardian.
Sample and legal experts from Yale and Fordham universities filed an amicus brief to the court in support of Williams’ case.
The decision, Sample said, “reinforces the principle that the core of due process, especially but not exclusively in a capital case, is an objectively impartial arbiter”.