Pa. man told to ‘suck it up’ by judge wins appeal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An appeals court says a Pittsburgh man serving time in a drive-by shooting deserves to be resentenced because a judge violated his rights by telling the man to “suck it up” when he requested a new attorney.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/18uiNVD ) reports the Superior Court opinion also reminded Allegheny County Judge Donald Machen that conduct rules require him to be “patient, dignified and courteous.”

Twenty-three-year-old Bruce Smith appealed his 17- to 34-year sentence claiming his rights were violated during that 2011 hearing when he tried to fire his court-appointed attorney.

A court transcript shows Machen responded — quote — “Well, we all have problems every day of the week, so suck it up.” The judge hasn’t scheduled a new sentencing hearing.

Smith was convicted of being a passenger in a car from which others fired shots.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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