Commonwealth v. Tillery

In Commonwealth v. Tillery, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed an order from the Court of Common Pleas granting the defendant’s motion to suppress. Police officers pulled the defendant over for violating 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3334(a), which requires motorists to use turn signals when changing lanes. The Commonwealth alleged that the defendant violated that provision by … Read more

Commonwealth v. Mason

In Commonwealth v. Mason, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered whether the Commonwealth was permitted to introduce audio recordings captured by a “nanny cam” that was surreptitiously installed in a child’s bedroom. The Court held that the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act, 18 Pa.C.S. §§ 5701-5782, does not prohibit such a recording from being used at … Read more

Commonwealth v. Grooms

In Commonwealth v. Grooms, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed an order from the trial court denying the defendant’s motion to suppress drugs found in his car after a warrantless search. Two officers on routine patrol in a mall parking lot smelled marijuana coming from the defendant’s parked, unoccupied car. So, they broke into the car … Read more

Commonwealth v. Copenhaver

In Commonwealth v. Copenhaver, the Superior Court revisited this case for the second time after the Supreme Court reversed and remanded. On remand, the Superior Court held that a sheriff’s deputy did not have authority to conduct a traffic stop based on an expired registration sticker because that Motor Vehicle Code offense did not constitute … Read more

Commonwealth v. Gaston

In Commonwealth v. Gaston, the defendant’s DUI prosecution was in the pretrial stage when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Birchfield v. North Dakota. The defendant moved to suppress his blood draw based on Birchfield, but the Superior Court held that the evidence need not be suppressed because the defendant consented to the … Read more