In United States v. Davis, the defendant answered an ad on Craigslist.com looking for casual sex. Unfortunately, the “wild child” he responded to was actually a police officer engaged in a sting operation. On appeal, the defendant claimed that the evidence was insufficient to convict because he believed he bought condoms and subsequently traveled across … Read more
Commonwealth v. McConnell involved a dispute amongst neighbors. On the evening of May 31, 2019, the defendant turned on eight construction-grade floodlights in the backyard of his home. The floodlights were directed towards the home of the defendant’s neighbor, whose own backyard lights were annoying the defendant. At least seven neighbors complained to the police … Read more
In Commonwealth v. Ballard, the defendant was found in possession of multiple credit cards that were alleged to be fraudulent because the information contained in the magnetic strips did not match the names and numbers imprinted on the cards themselves. After a bench trial, the defendant was convicted of access device fraud and identity theft. … Read more
In Commonwealth v. Peck, the defendant sold drugs to the victim while the two were in Maryland. The victim then drove to his home in Pennsylvania, ingested the drugs, and died. The Commonwealth charged the defendant with PWID and drug delivery resulting in death (DDRD). At trial and on appeal after his conviction, the defendant … Read more
The 3rd Circuit granted a writ of habeas corpus in Travillion v. Superintendent Rockview SCI after holding that the Commonwealth failed to present sufficient evidence that the petitioner was the perpetrator of a robbery. The evidence at trial proved that, during the robbery of a retail store, the culprit left behind a manila folder with … Read more
In Commonwealth v. Headley, the appellant challenged the sufficiency of the evidence of his convictions for recklessly endangering another person (REAP) and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. The Superior Court affirmed. The evidence was sufficient for REAP because the appellant intentionally discharged his firearm into the floor of his apartment. The bullet passed … Read more
In Commonwealth v. Clemens, the Superior Court was asked to decide whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain convictions for DUI-General Impairment and Resisting Arrest. Given the challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence, the opinion covered the facts in great detail. The Court held that, even though the officers never explicitly stated to Clements … Read more
In Garwood v. Ameriprise Fin., the Superior Court held that the Garwoods waived their claims on appeal. Four of the claims were waived because they were not included in the 1925(b) Statement. The Court ruled that the Garwoods engaged in “appellate gamesmanship” by swapping their weight of the evidence issue, which they alleged in the … Read more
In Commonwealth v. Wilson, the Superior Court vacated the defendant’s conviction, holding that the trial court erred in its denial of a motion for suppression because the officer did not possess reasonable suspicion for the vehicle stop.
In Commonwealth v. Risoldi, the Superior Court vacated the defendant’s conviction for theft by deception, ruling the evidence was insufficient to sustain the verdict. The Court also affirmed the denial of a 600A motion and gave a useful, detailed analysis.