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Commonwealth v. Moore

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…

Commonwealth v. Moore
Pennsylvania Superior Court

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

Commonwealth v. Rogers
Pennsylvania Superior Court

This case offers another example of why you should hire the pros at Sullivan | Simon to ghostwrite your appellate briefs. The defendant alleged the verdict was against the weight of the evidence. In his brief, he framed the issue: “Were not the verdicts so contrary to the weight of the evidence as to shock one’s… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Rogers

Father and Mother filed these consolidated appeals from the orders, granting the petition of Children and Youth Services to involuntarily terminate their parental rights. Father and Mother also appealed the trial court’s order changing the children’s permanency goal from reunification to adoption. They filed a single notice of appeal to challenge distinct rulings on two… Continue reading In re S.D.

Commonwealth v. Williams
Pennsylvania Superior Court

Williams appealed after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and related charges. On appeal, he made two primary arguments. First, Williams asserted the trial court erred when it denied his pretrial motion, which challenged the admissibility of the Commonwealth expert’s testimony regarding forensic video analysis. Second, Williams claimed the trial court erred when it… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Williams

Greenleaf v. Rothstein
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court quashed this appeal. The Court ruled that because of the deficiencies in Appellant’s pro se brief, the Court could not discern what issues he wanted to raise or the arguments he wanted to present.

In the case of In re J.D., three women alleged that J.D. sexually assaulted them years earlier when they and J.D. were minors. The State filed juvenile delinquency complaints against J.D. and moved to waive certain charges to the Criminal Part to try J.D. as an adult on the alleged assaults that occurred when he… Continue reading In re J.D.

Rahn v. Consolidated Rail Corop.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Rahn v. Consolidated Rail Crop., the Pennsylvania Superior Court revisited the issue of forum non conveniens. A former trainmaster filed suit against the defendant, claiming that his cancer resulted from exposure to toxic chemicals at work and that the defendant was negligent in failing to provide him with a reasonably safe workplace. The trainmaster… Continue reading Rahn v. Consolidated Rail Corop.

Terra Firma Builders, LLC v. King
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In Terra Firma Builders, LLC v. King, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered the effect of a claimant’s failure to file the required affidavit of service for a mechanics’ lien. Terra Firma Builders filed a mechanics’ lien, but failed to file the affidavit of service, after they were kicked off a construction job. Five years later,… Continue reading Terra Firma Builders, LLC v. King

Commonwealth v. Shreffler
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Shreffler, the Pennsylvania Superior Court found all of the appellant’s claims were waived. First, the Court held that the appellant failed to preserve one issue for review by not including it in his statement of matters complained of on appeal. Then, the Court held that his failure to assure that the pre-sentence… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Shreffler

Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered whether a notice of appeal filed at a single docket number corresponding to the lead case of multiple consolidated civil cases should be quashed. Relying on Commonwealth v. Walker, 185 A.3d 969 (Pa. 2018), the Superior Court quashed the appeal.… Continue reading Always Busy Consulting, LLC v. Babford & Co., Inc.