The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the defendant's conviction for first-degree murder. The defendant made three claims of error. First, he claimed that the trial court erred by denying his motion in limine seeking to present evidence of the victim’s rap music videos to the jury. The Superior Court ruled that…
The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the defendant’s conviction for first-degree murder. The defendant made three claims of error. First, he claimed that the trial court erred by denying his motion in limine seeking to present evidence of the victim’s rap music videos to the jury. The Superior Court ruled that the defendant did not proffer… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Lehmman
A former PSU football player sued the school and its medical center following surgery to repair an injury suffered during a practice for a bowl game. The trial court sustained the defendants’ preliminary objections and dismissed the action, denied his request for recusal, and held him in contempt. The former athlete fared no better before… Continue reading Jordan v. Pa. State Univ.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court likely issued this opinion as a reminder to practitioners about proper appellate practices. The Court footnoted multiple errors made by the defendant’s counsel in perfecting the appeal. And the Court wrote at length to articulate the distinction between a weight and a sufficiency challenge. The Court affirmed the judgments of sentence,… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Juray
The Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed the trial court’s decision to deny Mother’s request for reinstatement of her appellate rights nunc pro tunc. The trial court terminated Mother’s parental rights. On the same date, the court entered a juvenile court order that changed the child’s permanent placement goal from reunification to adoption. Mother’s attorney filed notices… Continue reading In re I.M.S.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed the trial court’s order, which granted in part a motion to compel production of mental health records and ordered the Zirillis to provide unredacted copies of the documents for in camera review by a special master for a privilege determination. The Zirillis filed a negligence action. According to the Zirillis, Ms. Tavella-Zirilli… Continue reading Tavella-Zirilli v. Ratner Co.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the defendant waived her appellate claims. After the Commonwealth charged DUI and other crimes, the defendant did not file a pretrial omnibus motion. The trial court convicted her, and the defendant appealed. The Superior Court affirmed and held that the defendant could not argue issues about the police officers’… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Grajales
The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed an order from the Court of Common Pleas granting summary judgment in favor of the defendants in this commercial landlord-tenant dispute. But this opinion is less a lesson on landlord-tenant law and more one on legal writing. The tenant filed suit against its landlord when water damaged the tenant’s property.… Continue reading Keystone Specialty Services Co. v. Ebaug
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review erred when it concluded sua sponte that the claimant was ineligible for unemployment benefits. Before the referee, the issue was whether the claimant’s income from her side hustle was deductible from unemployment compensation after being laid off from her primary job. The Board reversed… Continue reading Quigley v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Rev.
After being involved in a car crash, the plaintiff sued his insurer and sought compensation under his policy’s underinsured motorist coverage. The primary trial issue was the plaintiff’s pre-existing condition — a low back injury from a prior fall. A jury returned a plaintiff’s verdict. But the lower court granted a new trial because it… Continue reading Frisch v. James River Ins. Co.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled the defendant waived his arguments that relied on Alexander, and the Court affirmed the denial of his suppression motion. The police stopped and searched the defendant’s girlfriend’s car, which he was driving. The officers recovered a gun, ammo, and drugs from a backpack they found in the backseat. The defendant… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Moore