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Williams v. Pennsylvania
Citation:136 S.Ct. 1899 (2016)
Williams (Defendant) was convicted and sentenced to deathfor murder. He filed a post-conviction motion based on the prosecution’s failure to disclose helpful information, and a Pennsylvania judge stayed his execution and ordered a new sentencing hearing. While the case was on appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Ronald Castille, who was the elected prosecutor at the time of the trial, became the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Williams filed a motion asking Castille to recuse himself, but the motion was denied. With Castille on the panel, the state supreme court then unanimously overturned the lower court’s order and reinstated the death penalty.
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