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Commonwealth v. Felder

In Commonwealth v. Felder, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed an order from the trial court, denying the defendant’s post-verdict motion for a new trial under Pa.R.Crim.P. 704(B), wherein he claimed that newly discovered evidence warranted a new trial. In both the trial court and the Superior Court, the Commonwealth joined…

Commonwealth v. Felder
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Felder, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed an order from the trial court, denying the defendant’s post-verdict motion for a new trial under Pa.R.Crim.P. 704(B), wherein he claimed that newly discovered evidence warranted a new trial. In both the trial court and the Superior Court, the Commonwealth joined the defendant’s request and argued… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Felder

Commonwealth v. Williams
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Williams, the defendant filed a fourth PCRA petition, alleging the discovery of new evidence about a Commonwealth witness. The PCRA court dismissed the petition, determining it was time-barred. The Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed. Applying Commonwealth v. Small, 238 A.3d 1267 (Pa. 2020), the Court held that the witness’s testimony was critical to… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Williams