Pa. Supreme Court removes Phila. judge in death-penalty case

    Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes was removed from the death-penalty case of convicted murderer Daniel Dougherty after comments made by Hughes did not appear in official court transcripts.

    Hughes, 55, admitted that she ordered a court reporter to strike from the record any comments that were “less than judicial,” reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Last week Hughes announced she was trading in her judge’s robes to become the new CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

    For more on the state Supreme Court’s decision to remove the veteran judge from the case, see Robert Moran’s report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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