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Aug 23, 2017

Divided Pennsylvania Court Upholds New Sentencing Hearing in Judicial Bias Case Overturned by U.S. Supreme Court

In a case that led to a land­mark U.S. Supreme Court deci­sion on judi­cial bias, a divid­ed Pennsylvania Supreme Court on August 22 upheld a low­er court’s order over­turn­ing the death penal­ty imposed on Terrance Williams (pic­tured) for the mur­der of a Philadelphia church dea­con. The court split 2 – 2 on the out­come of a new appeal that had been ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court after for­mer Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille — who had per­son­al­ly autho­rized seek­ing the death penal­ty against Williams — par­tic­i­pat­ed as a state supreme court jus­tice in decid­ing a…