Commonwealth v. Floyd

In Commonwealth v. Floyd, Appellant appealed his convictions after pleading guilty to several crimes charged on two dockets. Appellant violated the rule established in Commonwealth v. Walker, 185 A.3d 969 (Pa. 2018), by filing one notice of appeal which contained both dockets. The Superior Court declined to quash the appeal, citing Commonwealth v. Larkin, __ A.3d __, 2020 PA Super 163 (Pa. Super. filed July 9, 2020) (en banc), and holding that Appellant’s failure to file separate notices of appeal resulted from the trial court’s “total neglect” in informing Appellant of his appellate rights. The Court then reversed and remanded, concluding that the trial court committed reversible error during several hearings when the court allowed Appellant to proceed pro se without first conducting thorough on-the-record colloquies to determine whether Appellant knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently waived his right to counsel.

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