John Burkoff on a Judge Reversing Herself
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.