Search:
Weekly Caselaw Updates

Sign up here to receive a weekly email with summaries of every precedential case out of the Third Circuit and the appellate courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. No fluff. No filler. No fee.

Commonwealth v. Reid

To avoid the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s “frustration” with Appellant’s brief, counsel should have hired the ghostwriting pros at Sullivan | Simon. This was a direct appeal from an order dismissing a PCRA petition. Appellant, who is sentenced to death for the murders of his girlfriend and her child, presented the…

Commonwealth v. Reid
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

To avoid the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s “frustration” with Appellant’s brief, counsel should have hired the ghostwriting pros at Sullivan | Simon. This was a direct appeal from an order dismissing a PCRA petition. Appellant, who is sentenced to death for the murders of his girlfriend and her child, presented the Court with a host of… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Reid

Commonwealth v. Davis
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In a collateral attack proceeding, the Commonwealth agreed with the defendant that he should be resentenced based on Alleyne. At the hearing, the lower court stated that the defendant’s “original sentence is hereby vacated” and then imposed a new sentence. On appeal, the defendant claimed that counsel was ineffective for failing to object to the… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Davis

Commonwealth v. Campbell
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The defendant was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and related offenses for his role in a 2013 building collapse that killed and injured multiple people at a Salvation Army thrift store in Philadelphia. He filed a PCRA petition alleging trial counsel was ineffective based on counsel’s alleged conflicts of interest and failure to object during the… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Campbell

Commonwealth v. Zack
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion regarding Megan’s Law III, sexually violent predators, SORNA I, Commonwealth v. Muniz, Commonwealth v. Neiman, and other related provisions. The opinion is best read within arm’s reach of Excedrin (or if you are one of our readers from the Garden State, maybe a green leafy substance). A defendant… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Zack

Commonwealth v. Cobbs
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt with a scenario practitioners are unlikely to face in the future. In 1970, the defendant was convicted of murder. The defendant was a juvenile and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. While serving that sentence, he stabbed a fellow inmate in the forehead during an altercation. Under 18… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Cobbs

Commonwealth v. King
Pennsylvania Superior Court

This case came to the Pennsylvania Superior Court on appeal from the denial of post-conviction relief. On the advice of his attorney, the defendant waived his right to a jury trial and chose a bench trial. He did so because his attorney advised that a Schuylkill County jury may be prejudiced against a Black man.… Continue reading Commonwealth v. King

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, acting in its original jurisdiction, granted Governor Tom Wolf’s preliminary objections because the Court lacked subject matter to jurisdiction to review a claim that the second-degree murder penalty statute the plaintiff was sentenced under was unconstitutional. The Court found that the claim should be brought in the Court of Common Pleas… Continue reading Dockery v. Wolf

Commonwealth v. Prater
Pennsylvania Superior Court

Appellant filed a PCRA petition, claiming that his original sentence was illegal and seeking a new trial on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel. The PCRA court held that Appellant’s original sentence was illegal and imposed a new sentence, but it rejected Appellant’s claims of ineffective assistance. He appealed, and the Pennsylvania Superior Court… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Prater

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, acting in its original jurisdiction, granted Governor Tom Wolf’s preliminary objections because the Court lacked subject matter to jurisdiction to review a claim that the first-degree murder penalty statute the plaintiff was sentenced under was unconstitutional. The Court found that the claim should be brought in the Court of Common Pleas… Continue reading Henry v. Wolf

Commonwealth v. Hand
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the denial of post-conviction relief for a defendant who made allegations of ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The case was a pre-Birchfield blood-draw DUI. The defendant claimed counsel was ineffective for failing to object when a police officer opined why there were exigent circumstances for a warrant. The Superior Court… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Hand