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Commonwealth v. Katona

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

October 21, 2020

For a primer on the Independent Source Doctrine in Pennsylvania, read Commonwealth v. Katona. There, the trial court issued an order authorizing a consensual wiretap that would allow a confidential informant to wear a recording device inside of the defendant’s residence, pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. ยง 5704(2)(iv). The order authorized continuous interceptions of all in-home conversations for a period of thirty days. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cited its decision in Commonwealth v. Henderson, 47 A.3d 797 (Pa. 2012), and affirmed the trial court by invoking the Independent Source doctrine. 

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