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. Hromek

Hromek appealed the denial of his challenge to the legality of his sentence via a “Petition for Enforcement of Plea Agreement.” The Superior Court deemed the Petition as a PCRA petition, and affirmed the denial because it was untimely. The Court noted that, while challenges to the legality of a sentence cannot be waived, they … Read more

Commonwealth v. Maxwell

#PCRA 04/30/2020- Maxwell appealed from the order that dismissed as untimely his fourth petition filed pursuant to the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). The petition alleged that Maxwell was entitled to collateral relief because the prosecutor in 1984 violated Appellant’s right to a fair and impartial jury when he intentionally excluded black jurors from the venire. Maxwell … 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