• Commonwealth v. Gray

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Nichols
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0691

    The trial court erred in finding that exigent circumstances justified the warrantless entry into defendants' residence where the commonwealth failed to establish, by clear and convincing evidence, that there was a compelling need to enter the residence. The appellate court reversed defendants' judgments of sentence.

  • Commonwealth v. Le

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Todd
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0700

    Conviction for murder and death sentence affirmed where testimony sufficient to find defendant acted as conspirator and/or accomplice in the murder. Conviction and judgment of sentence affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Holston

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Shogan
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0699

    Dismissal of insurance fraud charges by writ of habeas corpus affirmed where commonwealth failed to present sufficient evidence defendant had knowledge of documents seized in execution of search warrant or aided or abetted in submission of false information to the insurer. Order of the trial court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Jordan

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0701

    Trial court violated right to public trial after excluding defendant's family members without justification when they were not part of public disturbance that caused trial court to close courtroom to the public. Judgment of sentence vacated, case remanded for new trial.

  • Commonwealth v. Hicks

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0690

    The lower court erred in holding that possession of a concealed firearm in public is sufficient to create a reasonable suspicion that the individual may be dangerous such that police can approach and briefly detain the individual in order to stop and frisk, i.e., investigate whether the person is properly licensed, the state high court said in a decision announcing the majority's opinion.

  • Commonwealth v. Towles

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Saylor
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0694

    The state's high court rejected defendant's argument that the death sentence could not be constitutionally imposed upon him because he was just 20 years old when he committed the capital crime at issue. The high court affirmed an order denying defendant's petition for post-trial relief.

  • Commonwealth v. Kenney

    Publication Date: 2019-06-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Colins
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    Case Number: 19-0670

    The county intermediate punishment sentence imposed by the trial court violated the requirements of §3742 of the Vehicle Code that no sentence less than the mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment be imposed for the offense of leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The appellate court reversed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Commonwealth v. DiClaudio

    Publication Date: 2019-06-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Strassburger
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0672

    The trial court did not err in imposing a sentence upon defendant where it considered the impact of his crimes on the victims and community, defendant's rehabilitative needs, his prior record and his previous failures to avail himself of rehabilitation opportunities. The appellate court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Commonwealth v. Hill

    Publication Date: 2019-06-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stabile
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0674

    Where the record established that defendant gave money to other persons to make straw purchases of firearms using proceeds from his illegal sale of firearms, the evidence was sufficient to sustain his conviction for dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities in violation of 18 Pa.C.S. §5111 as it satisfied the "unlawful activity" element of the offense. The appellate court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Baker-Myers

    Publication Date: 2019-06-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Dubow
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0671

    Defendant successfully argued that the commonwealth's evidence was insufficient to convict him of corruption of minors, graded as a third-degree felony, where the jury acquitted him of the chapter 31 sexual offenses of rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. The appellate court affirmed in part and vacated in part defendant's judgment of sentence.