For the second time this month, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has removed Senior U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam from a criminal case after finding that his evidentiary rulings and jury instructions were in direct conflict with controlling law.

In United States v. Higdon , a unanimous three-judge panel issued a writ of mandamus to declare that Fullam had erred by refusing to tell jurors that the defendant was a felon, and by barring the prosecutor from making any mention of the prior conviction.