Legal cases can often be complicated and the public isn't always privy to what actually goes on in a court room or behind closed doors. But one reason high-profile cases generate so much attention is because they often raise legal questions.
On Wednesday's Smart Talk, we discuss two such recent cases. One has resulted in a buzz across Pennsylvania and the other outrage nationwide.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille should have recused himself when deciding whether convicted murderer Terrance Williams' death penalty sentence should be upheld. Williams was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia man in 1984. At the time, Castille was the District Attorney in Philadelphia and authorized the prosecutor in the case to pursue the death penalty -- even though he was not directly involved in the prosecution.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision said Castille violated Williams' 14th Amendment right of due process.