Commonwealth v. Brown

The Commonwealth appealed the trial, which granted Brown’s PCRA petition and ordered a new trial. The Superior Court determined that, with specific regard to the prejudice prong of a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, Brown was prejudiced because he established it was reasonably probable that he would not have pleaded guilty had he known … Read more

Commonwealth v. Vo

The PCRA petitioner was represented by counsel during the PCRA proceedings in Common Pleas, but a new attorney entered before the Superior Court on appeal from the denial of that PCRA petition. The new counsel raised issues of ineffective assistance of prior PCRA counsel. The Superior Court detailed an often-conflicting body of law before holding … Read more

Commonwealth v. Coleman

Coleman filed a PCRA petition alleging trial counsel’s ineffectiveness for failing to object at two different times during Coleman’s murder trial. The PCRA court and Superior Court found that Coleman’s issues were not meritorious. The Supreme Court of PA disagreed, reversed, and remanded to the Superior Court. The Supreme Court ruled that counsel was ineffective … Read more

Commonwealth v. Miller

#PCRA #IneffectiveAssistance 04/17/20- The Commonwealth appealed after the lower court granted Miller’s PCRA petition and awarded a new trial. The Superior Court reversed, ruling that Miller did not plead trial counsel’s ineffectiveness in the PCRA petition. Therefore, the PCRA court could not award relief based on ineffectiveness. Even if Miller had properly pleaded ineffective assistance, … Read more