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Commonwealth v. Green

The Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the defendant’s first-degree murder conviction and ordered a new trial. The Commonwealth charged the defendant with homicide, alleging he killed a man’s grandmother in retaliation for stealing the defendant’s chain. The Commonwealth filed a Pre-Trial Motion in which it sought to introduce prior bad acts…

Commonwealth v. Green
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the defendant’s first-degree murder conviction and ordered a new trial. The Commonwealth charged the defendant with homicide, alleging he killed a man’s grandmother in retaliation for stealing the defendant’s chain. The Commonwealth filed a Pre-Trial Motion in which it sought to introduce prior bad acts evidence pursuant to Pa.R.E. 404(b).… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Green

Commonwealth v. Lowmiller
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court gave a rare rebuke of prior bad acts evidence in a sexual assault case. The 29-year-old defendant was charged with friending a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and then luring her to a secluded area where he sexually assaulted her. He had a previous conviction for engaging in a long-term relationship with… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Lowmiller

Rogers v. Thomas
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Rogers v. Thomas, the Pennsylvania Superior Court heard an appeal from a case that began as a criminal matter. One of the three defendants shot and killed two men on his property. A jury found that defendant guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The decedents’ estate brought wrongful death and survival actions against the killer, his… Continue reading Rogers v. Thomas

Commonwealth v. Sami
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Sami, the Commonwealth appealed the trial court’s denial of a motion in limine to admit other acts evidence in a murder case. On appeal, the Commonwealth argued that the admission of drug paraphernalia evidence found in the defendant’s home was admissible under Rule 404(b) to show the defendant had “access to, knowledge… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Sami

United States v. Garner
3rd Circuit

In these consolidated appeals, Garner and his codefendant appealed the denial of their motion to suppress evidence recovered after a car stop. Garner also appealed the District Court’s admission at trial of his prior drug conviction. The Third Circuit Court affirmed. On appeal, the defendants argued the trooper unlawfully extended the traffic stop. The 3rd… Continue reading United States v. Garner