Commonwealth v. Parrish

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the denial of PCRA relief in this capital case. On appeal to the Supreme Court, the defendant raised numerous claims of error, including a layered ineffectiveness claim in connection with trial counsel’s failure to file a notice of appeal. But the rules of court demand that the Supreme Court review all capital cases. And the defendant’s court-appointed lawyers participated in that statutorily-mandated appeal. Thus, the Supreme Court found no basis to disrupt the judgments of sentence based on the defendant’s challenges to that process.

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