America’s legal system has been hailed as being one of the best in the world, but that doesn’t mean it is foolproof or capable of making mistakes.
One of the increasing problems with America’s judicial system is liberal judges using their benches to push their agendas, especially with many of the judges appointed by Barack Obama.
Some judges aren’t appointed but elected to their positions such as Judge Leon W. Tucker of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
Tucker just issued a highly controversial ruling to allow a man convicted of killing a police officer to appeal his conviction on the grounds that State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille should have recused himself due to statements he made early that MAY indicate he was biased.
Fox News – Cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal granted appeal, spurring outrage from widow of slain police officer – The widow of a Philadelphia police officer who was gunned down 37 years ago in the line of duty is “outraged” over a judge’s decision last week to grant her husband’s killer a chance to appeal his conviction.
On Thursday, Judge Leon Tucker granted Mumia Abu-Jamal another opportunity to appeal his 1981 conviction in the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal spent three decades on death row before his sentence in the shooting death of Faulkner was thrown out over flawed jury instructions.
Prosecutors agreed to a sentence of life without parole, and Abu-Jamal’s final appeal was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012. However, the judge ruled on Thursday that former Justice Ronald Castille should have recused himself because of statements he made as a prosecutor about police killers that suggest potential bias…
If what a judge says or does earlier in their lives are reason for recusal or a turn-about ruling like that made by Judge Tucker, then most judges should never occupy the bench because they all have opinions and probably said something at some time in their lives.
Consider the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage for instance.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had presided over several same-sex marriages prior to this case.
Yet, she did not recuse herself from issuing a ruling that has impacted many people.
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