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Slayer Act Bars Defendant found Guilty but Mentally Ill from Inheriting Victim’s Estate

A verdict of guilty but mentally ill for first-degree murder bars a killer from inheriting from the decedent’s estate, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in In re Estate of McAndrew.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law, Estate Planning and Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Slayer Act Bars Defendant found Guilty but Mentally Ill from Inheriting Victim’s Estate

Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

An attorney’s prior experience as a prosecutor is relevant to his or her qualification to represent a capital case defendant, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced in a recent order amending the official Comment to Rule of Criminal Procedure 801.

By | 2016-01-22T14:25:23+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

Commonwealth Court Rejects “Forfeiture Entrapment” Defense

Using one’s vehicle as collateral in a drug deal at the insistence of law enforcement does not give rise to an entrapment defense to forfeiture of the vehicle, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held in Com. v. Black 2009 Ford Mustang.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:26+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Commonwealth Court Rejects “Forfeiture Entrapment” Defense