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Commonwealth v. Howard

Pennsylvania Superior Court

April 20, 2021

In Commonwealth v. Howard, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed the lower court’s dismissal of Appellant’s third PCRA petition. The Court held that a Joint State Government Commission Report on Capital Punishment was not newly-discovered evidence of racial discrimination that occurred during his jury selection process, providing a factual basis to support several constitutional claims that would potentially entitle him to a new trial. Thus, the Report did not satisfy the requirements of 42 Pa.C.S. ยง 9545(b)(1)(ii).

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