Pa. Supreme Court nixes appeal in lawyer's $1M fine

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2016 9:18 AM

(Philadelphia) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled a Philadelphia-area lawyer won't have to pay a nearly $1 million fine because a witness she called gave banned testimony that caused a mistrial in a medical malpractice case.

The December 5th ruling rejected an appeal seeking to overturn a Superior Court ruling that had overturned the fine.

In rejecting the appeal the state's highest court nixed the fine.

Common Pleas Judge Paul Panepinto levied the fine after claiming attorney Nancy Raynor failed to instruct a witness to not mention that a lung cancer patient in a medical malpractice case had smoked. Raynor says the witness testified about the patient's smoking even though she warned him not to.

The Superior Court found no evidence that Raynor encouraged the banned testimony, and the Supreme Court agreed.

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