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In re G.E.W.

Pennsylvania Superior Court

June 8, 2020

Facebook provided a tip to law enforcement that two parties to a Facebook Live stream were engaging in sexual acts with a minor. After reviewing the transcript — but not the video stream — from Facebook, a law enforcement agent went to the defendant’s house and obtained a confession. At the defendant’s dispositional hearing, that same agent was the sole witness. The evidence included the transcript and her confession. The Superior Court held that the corpus delecti rule — designed so that “the Commonwealth cannot convict a defendant solely upon their confession” — did not prohibit the introduction of the statement. 

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