Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Judicial Conduct/ Death Sentence

The California Supreme Court, Monday, upheld an Orange County conviction of Gregory Allen Sturm on three counts of murder with special circumstance, but reversed the death sentence imposed.

Sturm, an addict charged with three counts of murder committed during a robbery, and attempted escape, was defended back in 1992 by a Sacramento public defender. Sturm did not contest the convictions, but asserted multiple incidents of reversible error at sentencing, including the trial court’s judge’s “repeatedly disparaging the defense lawyer, berating defense witnesses, and making objections in the case on behalf of the prosecution,” according to a article this morning.

· People v. Sturm, Case S031423, Supreme Court of California, March 6, 2006

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