Tag: #PCRA

Commonwealth v. Snyder

The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s opinion in Commonwealth v. Snyder reads more like a cautionary tale than an opinion. A jury convicted the defendant of access device fraud. With new counsel,

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Commonwealth v. Howard

In Commonwealth v. Howard, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed the lower court’s dismissal of Appellant’s third PCRA petition. The Court held that a Joint State Government Commission Report on Capital

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Commonwealth v. Vinson

In Commonwealth v. Vinson, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the dismissal of Appellant’s PCRA petition. The case’s procedural history is tortured due to various post-sentence pro se and counseled filings.

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Commonwealth v. Parker

In Commonwealth v. Parker, the Commonwealth appealed the order granting Parker’s PCRA petition. In its opinion, the lower court acknowledged that it erred when it granted the petition based on

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Commonwealth v. Elliot

In Commonwealth v. Elliot, the defendant filed a PCRA petition requesting the lower court vacate his Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) designation. The court dismissed his petition as untimely. On appeal,

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Commonwealth v. Wiggins

In Commonwealth v. Wiggins, the Pennsylvania Superior Court rejected the defendant’s claim that he received ineffective assistance because trial counsel did not file a motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule

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Commonwealth v. Moore

In Commonwealth v. Moore, a criminal defendant filed a petition decades after his conviction. He claimed that the life-without-parole sentence he is serving violates his due process rights because the

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Commonwealth v. Shaw

In Commonwealth v. Shaw, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt with the time and manner in which a defendant can raise a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel during post-conviction proceedings

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Commonwealth v. Young

In 1976, Appellant pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. He absconded to Kentucky when he was paroled. Two years later, he was convicted of rape and related offenses in Kentucky. These

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Commonwealth v. Williams

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

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