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Trial Court Erred in Failing to Excuse Juror who Exhibited Bias in Favor of Police

Despite her assurance that she could be fair and impartial, a prospective juror who admitted her bias in favor of police should have been excused for cause, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Penn.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:22+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Trial Court Erred in Failing to Excuse Juror who Exhibited Bias in Favor of Police

No Fraud Exception to Confidential Spousal Communication Privilege

There is no fraud exception to Pennsylvania’s civil spousal communication privilege, the Superior Court held in CAP Glass, Inc. v. Coffman.

Offense of Third-Degree Murder is Complete at Time of Assault, not Victim’s Death

A defendant convicted of murder must be sentenced under the statute in effect at the time of the assault rather than the death of the victim, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Com. v. Rose

By | 2016-01-12T10:02:42+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Categories: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Offense of Third-Degree Murder is Complete at Time of Assault, not Victim’s Death

Supreme Court Reinstates Civil Rule Governing Termination of Inactive Cases

By order dated December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated Rule of Civil Procedure 230.2, which allowed courts to terminate cases that have been inactive for two or more years.

By | 2015-12-14T10:47:53+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Reinstates Civil Rule Governing Termination of Inactive Cases

Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Rules 1120 and 1608 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure will be modified next year to ensure Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (PSTSFA).

By | 2015-12-14T10:42:23+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Supreme Court Authorizes Electronic Filing and Transmission of Records

By order dated November 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has authorized the electronic filing, transmission and remand of records on appeal through the PACFile appellate court electronic filing system.

By | 2015-12-01T13:15:09+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Appellate Practice, Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Authorizes Electronic Filing and Transmission of Records

Full Circle: Lawyer Reinstated After Addiction Recovery

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, finding that his sobriety remains his first priority in his life and that he is cognizant that a relapse could signify the loss of hard-won achievements, unanimously recommended that Brian S. Quinn be reinstated to the practice of law. 1595 Disciplinary Docket, No. 3 (August 7, 2015).

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:27+00:00 September 17th, 2015|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Full Circle: Lawyer Reinstated After Addiction Recovery

Commonwealth not Required to Provide Written Transcripts of Crime Victims’ Video Interviews

The Commonwealth is under no obligation to prepare written transcripts of videotaped victim interviews for a criminal defendant, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Robinson

By | 2015-08-12T12:01:59+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Commonwealth not Required to Provide Written Transcripts of Crime Victims’ Video Interviews

Marital Privilege not Subject to Crime Fraud Exception in Criminal Cases

The Commonwealth could not elicit testimony about private incriminating conversations between a criminal defendant and his wife, an en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court panel held in Com. v. Davis

By | 2015-08-12T12:01:03+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Marital Privilege not Subject to Crime Fraud Exception in Criminal Cases