In Satiro v. Maninno the Superior Court found the pro se appellant’s claim waived as a result filing a 29-issue statement of matters complained of on appeal that made it impossible for the trial court to give a comprehensive analysis of the issues.
To find harmless error, or to not find harmless error, that is the question presented in Commonwealth v. Hamlett. In a contentious set of opinions, the Supreme Court held that an appellate court may find an error harmless even when the Commonwealth fails to put forth an argument on the subject, as appellate courts can … Read more
Under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, the state police provided a heavily-redacted copy of investigation regulations to the ACLU along with a letter indicating that the redactions were necessary under the RTKL’s public-safety exception. The ACLU filed an appeal with the Office of Open Records, seeking an unredacted copy. The OOR received an unredacted version for in … Read more
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, law enforcement came to Appellant’s home and obtained a confession. At Appellant’s dispositional hearing (she, too, was a minor), … Read more
A beneficiary of a trust under the will of Augustus Ashton was entitled to a fixed sum each year. Other beneficiaries, such as the University of Pennsylvania, were entitled to far larger and variable sums under the same trust. The trustee filed interim accounts for about 35 years of administration of the trust and the … Read more
In a fact-sensitive workers compensation matter, the workers comp judge was concerned that the petitioner would perjure himself if he testified, so the judge continued the matter. In the interim, motions were filed such that at the next hearing, without giving the petitioner a chance to testify, the judge dismissed the case without prejudice. Neither … Read more