We framed an innocent man, but we have prosecutorial immunity, RIGHT?!

On April 20, 2020, the Third Circuit filed an opinion in Fogle v. Sokol (bit.ly/3bBcN5s). The case focused on the issue of prosecutorial immunity. In 1976, a passerby discovered the body of fifteen-year-old Deann “Kathy” Long in a wooded area near her home in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Kathy’s death involved a brutal assault, rape, and … Read more

We don’t owe you squat!

On April 7, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania decided Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C. v. Rudinski, Orso & Lynch, 3661 EDA 2018, a case involving a dispute amongst law firms. In 2013, Mark Hazelton retained Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C. (“SGR”) to represent him in a suit against Shell Energy for damages to Mr. Hazelton’s … Read more

No (attempted) good deed goes unpunished.

In Commonwealth v. Frederick, 770 MDA 2019 (Pa. Super Ct. 2020), the defendant, seemingly, tried to do the right thing. His actions earned him a state prison sentence. . In December 2017, a community management company evicted Mr. Frederick from his mobile home, and the locks were changed. The following day, the property manager received messages … Read more

Writ of Error Coram Nobis – alive, but, perhaps, not so well.

In Ragbir v. USA (bit.ly/38kXr3q), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a comprehensive decision about coram nobis relief. . In 2000, Ravidath Ragbir, who is a green card holder from Trinidad and Tobago, was convicted of mortgage fraud. Because the loss attributable to the fraud exceeded $10k, the Dept. of Homeland Security (“DHS”) sought to … Read more

NJ courts inch their way into the future.

In Pathri v. Kakarlamath (bit.ly/36ozlDk), the New Jersey Appellate Division recognized that technological innovations might be useful in the state’s courtrooms. . The case, which involved a matrimonial action. In 2007, the parties moved to the U.S. from India. Plaintiff filed suit in 2018 and, soon thereafter, moved back to India. Defendant filed a counterclaim for a divorce.  She and the children live in … Read more