PITTSBURGH (AP) – A longtime Allegheny County judge has resigned in the wake of her removal from two sex offender cases due to alleged bias.READ MORE: Port Authority Bus Driver Involved In Bridge Collapse Was Supposed To Be Off Work Friday
Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel submitted her resignation Thursday.
The 72-year-old served on the bench for 33 years and has been praised for her compassion toward victims of sex crimes.READ MORE: Frick Park Bridge Collapse: 10 People Injured, 4 Sent To Hospital
But twice in the last month the state Superior Court removed McDaniel from sex offenders’ sentencing proceedings for allegedly showing bias against the defendants and their attorneys.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports McDaniel wrote in her resignation letter that she was most proud of establishing specialty courts to handle domestic violence and sex crimes cases.
McDaniel served as a deputy public defender and city magistrate before being elected to the Common Pleas bench in 1985.MORE NEWS: Daughter Says Parents Caught In Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Broke Backs
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