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Commonwealth v. Carter

Pennsylvania Superior Court

February 23, 2021

In Commonwealth v. Carter, the Pennsylvania Superior Court quashed an appeal taken from an order denying bail pending sentencing. The defendant was convicted of several crimes, and the trial court revoked his bail pending sentencing. The defendant then filed a petition with the trial judge requesting bail pending sentencing and while the case was on appeal. The trial judge denied the motion. The defendant then appealed the order to the Superior Court. The Court noted that the Rules of Appellate Procedure were amended in August of 2020 to create Chapter 16, and that chapter requires a defendant to file with the Superior Court a petition for specialized review to challenge a ruling regarding post-verdict bail. Given that the defendant here instead filed a notice of appeal, the Court quashed the appeal.

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