Commonwealth v. Johnson

In Commonwealth v. Johnson, the Superior Court confronted an issue critical for lawyers who practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The defendant was convicted of robbery in Pennsylvania but had a prior third-degree aggravated assault conviction from New Jersey. The trial court considered the foreign conviction a “strike” under 42 Pa.C.S. § 9714 — … Read more

Commonwealth v. Widger

In Commonwealth v. Widger, the Superior Court tap-danced around Commonwealth v. Wolf and held that Section 9718(a)(3) — imposing a 10-year mandatory minimum for aggravated indecent assault of a child less than 13 years of age — is constitutional as all elements necessary to impose the mandatory sentence are determined by the fact finder at trial.