Judge Cashman Refuses to Step Down
On Monday, Oct. 28, Judge Cashman refused to step down from the
Mulholland/Albert trial. This despite the fact that after he declared a
mis-trial, he arranged a meeting between the defense attorneys and the
jurors, without telling the prosecutor. According to one of
the jurors from Chester County, "It seemed too congenial. Clearly, the
judge and the defense attorneys were in bed together".
In addition, the judge:
- Declared a mis-trial in the Mulholland/Albert trial even though,
according to many attorneys, it wasn't necessary to do so. The jury had
already been informed that the police officers were going to testify, so
when Cyril Wecht said "Why don't you ask Mulholland what he was doing
there", the judge could have instructed the jury to disregard it.
- Tried to put a gag order on Mrs. Gammage, even though she wasn't
part of the trial! He later realized that he was wrong and rescinded
- Tried to ban the press from the jury selection process in Chester
County. The press had to petition the state supreme court twice to get
him to allow them to cover it.