In re The Nomination of Rania Major

In re The Nomination of Rania Major involved objections to Ms. Major’s nominating petition for Judge of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia County. 213 of the petition’s signature lines were challenged solely because the addresses of those 213 electors differed from their addresses as recorded in the SURE system. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that 25 … Read more

Linkosky v. Commonwealth of Pa., Dept. of Transp., Bur. of Driver Licensing

In Linkosky v. Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Transp., Bur. of Driver Licensing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed whether the Department of Transportation erred by denying a licensee’s application for a duplicate camera card. When the licensee sought to replace the card, which he lost, his operating privileges had been suspended in Ohio. The Commonwealth Court held that the licensee’s request for a duplicate … Read more

Commonwealth v. H.D.

In Commonwealth v. H.D., a jury convicted the defendant of interference with child custody, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2904(a). The defendant appealed, and the Superior Court reversed, holding that the belief element of the § 2904(b)(1) defense “does not provide an opportunity for a  jury to compare the  actions of the defendant with a reasonable person … Read more

State v. Williams

In State v. Williams, the New Jersey Appellate Division reviewed a verdict from a de novo appeal taken from municipal court to the Law Division. Both lower courts held that the defendant violated a municipal ordinance prohibiting obstruction of a street in a public place when she painted over a street’s white lines with black paint … Read more

Sayers v. Heritage Valley Medical Group, Inc.

In Sayers v. Heritage Valley Medical Group, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the Court of Common Pleas’ order sustaining the defendants’ preliminary objections. The defendants alleged that the plaintiff failed to toll the statute of limitations through the issuance of a writ of summons. The defendants raised this failure in preliminary objections. The plaintiffs did … Read more

In re Civil Commitment of W.W.

In re Civil Commitment of W.W. provided the New Jersey Supreme Court with the opportunity to consider whether the State must present testimony from a psychiatrist in support of the need for continued involuntary commitment of a convicted sexually violent offender at an annual review hearing under the New Jersey Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA), … Read more

Office of General Counsel v. Bumsted

In 2019, Requesters filed a Right to Know Law (RTKL) request with the Office of General Counsel (OGC), seeking any “applications submitted to OGC for one vacancy on the Commonwealth Court”. OGC denied the request, and Requesters appealed to the Office of Open Records (OOR), which granted the appeal, in part, and denied it, in … Read more

In re Protest for Contract Award for Project A1150-08

In re Protest for Contract Award for Project A1150-08, Hall Construction Co., Inc. (Hall) appealed from the final agency decision of the New Jersey Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) rejecting Hall’s bid protest and awarding the contract to a competitor. First, the Appellate Division dismissed the appeal as moot. The Court ruled that, … Read more

United States v. Smuckler

In United States v. Smuckler, the Third Circuit was tasked with defining “willfully” in the context of the defendant’s convictions for violations of campaign finance laws. After a high-profile prosecution and trial, a jury convicted the defendant of nine counts of violating various election law offenses. At trial, the District Court instructed the jury that … Read more

In re Adoption of B.G.S.

In the case of In re Adoption of B.G.S., on September 9, 2019, Transitions Adoption Agency Agency filed a petition to terminate Father’s parental rights to Child. At the conclusion of the hearing on the petition, the Orphans’ Court granted the petition. Father appealed, and the Superior Court reversed. The Court ruled that Father did … Read more