• Commonwealth v. Andrews

    Publication Date: 2019-07-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0804

    The trial court did not err in denying defendant's motion to dismiss based on rule 600 as the court properly found that the delay in bringing defendant to trial was caused in part by his own request for a continuance and by the trial court's congested docket. The appellate court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Jerdon

    Publication Date: 2019-07-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0812

    Trial court erred in piercing Rape Shield Law to permit evidence of prior sexual relationship between victim and defendant's stepson where such evidence was not relevant to show their bias or motivation to lie or seek retribution against defendant. Order of the trial court reversed.

  • Newsuan v. Republic Serv. Inc.

    Publication Date: 2019-07-08
    Practice Area: Discovery | Personal Injury
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials | Legal Services
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0776

    Trial court erred in ordering production of defendant's corporate counsel's interview notes of 16 potential employee fact witnesses, in plaintiff's personal injury action, because while defendant's attorney-client privilege claim failed, defendant possessed a privilege over the communications supplied at the behest of corporate counsel to assist him in advising employer in the present litigation. Order vacated.

  • Commonwealth v. Mikitiuk

    Publication Date: 2019-07-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0770

    There was enough evidence to support defendant's conviction on the charge of risking a catastrophe in violation of 18 Pa.C.S. §3302(b) where the record revealed that defendant was an active participant in the transporting of dangerous methamphetamine-making chemicals in an urban area. The appellate court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Commonwealth v. Scott

    Publication Date: 2019-07-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0750

    While there was justification for inquiry into any anti-Muslim prejudices of potential jurors, race or religious belief was not otherwise a focus of the evidence and the trial court's group question to potential jurors adequately addressed defendant's concerns about anti-Muslim bias. The appellate court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Robbins v. Consol. Rail Corp.

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Transportation
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0688

    Trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying appellants' motion to dismiss decedent's representative's Federal Employers' Liability Act complaint on forum non conveniens grounds because while decedent was allegedly harmed by chemical exposure working in appellants' Indiana train yard, his employment records were stored in either New Jersey or Florida and decedent's representative identified four potential fact witnesses who lived in Pennsylvania. Affirmed.

  • In the Interest of L.V.

    Publication Date: 2019-05-27
    Practice Area: Family Law
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0618

    Adjudication of dependency and finding of aggravated circumstances were supported by the record where trial court credited medical experts who opined that the dependent child suffered numerous bone fractures that were caused by intentional or non-accidental activity. Orders of the trial court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Cephus

    Publication Date: 2019-05-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    Case Number: 19-0514

    The trial court properly found that a state trooper had probable cause to stop defendant's vehicle where he saw the vehicle failing to maintain its lane in violation of Motor Vehicle Code §3309(1) and dash camera footage supported an inference that the trooper saw defendant's car cross over the center line multiple times. The appellate court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Hassel v. Franzi

    Publication Date: 2019-04-29
    Practice Area: Expert Witnesses | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0488

    Experts in medical malpractice action did not improperly testify outside the scope of their reports where appellant was on notice of the subject-matter of the experts' testimony or where appellant was able to sufficiently cross-examine the experts. Judgment affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Blount

    Publication Date: 2019-04-29
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0482

    There was valid authority for the sentencing court to impose upon defendant, a juvenile lifer, a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for his first-degree murder convictions given the state high court's 2017 decision in Commonwealth v. Batts. The appellate court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.