In filings before the state Superior Court, the appeal of a woman convicted of aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person have started focusing less on the defendant and more on the conduct of the judge who oversaw the case and the Centre County district attorney.

Briefs and motions from the defendant filed over the past two months in the case of Commonwealth v. McClure have pointed to numerous text messages between members of the Centre County District Attorney’s Office and Centre County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bradley Lunsford, who oversaw the trial, as well as pictures on social media of Lunsford with a district attorney who recently left, as reasons for why the judge should have recused himself.

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