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Judge Recuses Himself In Antwon Rose Homicide Case

Attorney claimed Mariani was unfit to preside due to his appearance on a talk show discussing the shooting

September 19, 2018 - 10:17 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Judge Anthony Mariani has recused himself from the criminal homicide case against East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld over the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose.

 In a pretrial conference last week, defense attorney Pat Thomassey claimed Mariani was unfit to preside due to his appearance on a talk show discussing the shooting days after it occurred. Today, at a pre-trial hearing into prosecutors' request for a gag order in the case, Mariani announced hje would step aside to, "err on the side of caution."

Allegheny County Judge Alexander Bicket was named to hear the trial and pre-trial motions including the gag order request. The actual trial is expected to start next February.