Tag: #CrimPro

Commonwealth v. Moore

Who knew dogs could lead to so much litigation? In the latest installment of Dog Law, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court vacated the defendant’s conviction for violating the law relating to

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Commonwealth v. Rivera

In Commonwealth v. Rivera, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a critical ruling regarding the Commonwealth’s ability to amend a criminal complaint at the 11th hour. The defendant was convicted of

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Commonwealth v. Lopez

In Commonwealth v. Lopez, an en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that Rule 706(C) of the Rules of Criminal Procedure only requires a sentencing court to hold an

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Commonwealth v. Bennett

In Commonwealth v. Bennett, the Pennsylvania Superior Court disavowed the defendant’s “gamesmanship” employed to use the compulsory-joinder rule, 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 110, as a bar to further prosecution. The defendant

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State v. Sims

The Appellate Division dealt with two important constitutional issues in State v. Sims. First, the Court was asked to determine whether police officers were required to inform the defendant of

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Commonwealth v. Leone

In Commonwealth v. Leone, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the defendant’s designation as a sexually violent predator (SVP) was constitutional. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court previously held in Commonwealth v.

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Commonwealth v. Mojica

In Commonwealth v. Mojica, the defendant filed a pro se PCRA petition after he was convicted, but before sentencing, and while he was still represented by counsel. In the petition,

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Commonwealth v. Davis

In Commonwealth v. Davis, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed the process by which prosecuting authorities can refile criminal charges pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 544. In Davis, after a preliminary hearing, a

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McMichael v. McMichael

In McMichael v. McMichael, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave quality primers on the difference between a survival action and a wrongful death action as well as the difference between economic

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Commonwealth v. Betts

In Commonwealth v. Betts, the Superior Court set forth the proper procedure for criminal defendants who wish to allege that their attorneys rendered ineffective assistance of counsel during PCRA proceedings

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