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How Charlton Heston’s decades-old feud with a Philly judge led a court to overturn a murder conviction

March 1, 2017 GMT

By Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITER

A Philadelphia judge’s fixation on a decades-old feud with the late actor Charlton Heston prompted a federal appeals court on Tuesday to overturn her conviction of a man charged in a 1997 murder.

Outlining an improbable series of events, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that Common Pleas Judge Lisa Richette overstepped the bounds of judicial propriety by calling the victim’s family into her chambers mid-trial to assure them that Heston had unfairly labeled her with the moniker “Let ‘em Loose Lisa,” suggesting she was soft on crime.

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