murder

Autopsy Report on Suspicious Death is Testimonial under Confrontation Clause

An autopsy report is testimonial evidence for purposes of the Confrontation Clause when the victim’s death was sudden, violent or suspicious, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Brown.

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Autopsy Report on Suspicious Death is Testimonial under Confrontation Clause

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 | 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

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 | 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

Murder of Unborn Child is not “Murder” for Purposes of Third-Degree Murder Sentence Enhancer

A statute mandating a life sentence for a defendant previously convicted of “murder” is not triggered by the defendant’s murder of an unborn child, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Haynes.

By | October 27th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Murder of Unborn Child is not “Murder” for Purposes of Third-Degree Murder Sentence Enhancer