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John Burkoff on a Judge Reversing Herself

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August 23, 2011

Professor John Burkoff commented on a case in which an Allegheny County judge reversed herself.  When a defense lawyer was hired at the last minute before a trial, the lawyer asked for a continuance to prepare.  The judge denied the request.  A week later, after the jury had been selected, the lawyer renewed his request for a continuance, saying he still had not yet had adequate time to prepare.  This time the judge granted the request.   "The good news in all this is that a judge who may have made the wrong decision didn't simply stick by it and instead reconsidered and did the right thing," Professor Burkoff said.


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