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Alabama judge opposed to death penalty set for ethics trial

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An Alabama judge who opposes the death penalty is facing ethics charges that could result in her removal from office.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tracie Todd is being accused of wrongly becoming embroiled in the capital punishment debate and issuing erroneous decisions violating orders by higher courts. Todd has been suspended with pay since April.

She made national news in 2016 when she barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against four men charged in three killings.

Caroline Vincent is a digital producer for Alabama Public Radio.
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