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Commonwealth v. Chmiel

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In Commonwealth v. Chmiel, the PA Supreme Court considered an appeal from the denial of PCRA relief in a capital case. The defendant challenged the … Read more

Hammons v. Ethicon

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The controversy in Hammons v. Ethicon is perfect for a law school civil procedure exam. The case presented a challenge to the exercise of specific personal … Read more

Commonwealth v. Katona

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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 … Read more

Commonwealth v. Johnson

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In Commonwealth v. Johnson, a plurality of justices signed onto an opinion announcing the judgment of the PA Supreme Court, hol1ding that law enforcement failed … Read more

State v. Radel

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In State v. Radel, the Appellate Division confronted the question, “Did they really think they were allowed to do that?” Police received a forfeiture order … Read more

State Farm Ins. Co. v. Kitko

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State Farm Ins. Co. v. Kitko involved a dispute over a decedent’s insurance policy. The decedent’s ex-wife and brother both claimed they were the primary … Read more

Sampathkumar v. Chase Home Fin.

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In Sampathkumar v. Chase Home Fin., the PA Superior Court issued a 49-page opinion, which quashed some of the appellants’ claims because post-trial motions were not … Read more

Calabretta v. Guidi Homes, Inc.

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In Calabretta v. Guidi Homes, Inc., the Superior Court quashed a home-builder’s appeal that challenged the trial court’s order denying (in part) the home builder’s … Read more

United States v. Melvin

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In United States v. Melvin, the 3rd Circuit clarified the standard for evaluating motions for early termination of supervision pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3583(e). The … Read more

State v. Faber

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In State v. Faber, the NJ Appellate Division held that, as part of the defendant’s sentence for DWI, the Law Division failed to include mandatory … Read more