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.
A YouTube video threatening to kill individually named police officers was sufficient evidence to support convictions of terroristic threats and intimidation of witnesses, the Pennsylvania Superior Court decided in Com. v. Beasley.
Evidence of a prior DUI conviction and participation in a DUI education program is admissible as inferential evidence of a driver’s state of mind, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Diehl.
Husband’s Extramarital Affairs during Separation Result in Forfeiture of Intestate Share of Wife’s Estate
A husband’s separation from his wife and subsequent extramarital affairs deprived him of his right to an intestate share of her estate, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in In re Estate of Kathleen Talerico
A school police officer who exercises law enforcement powers cannot possess a private detective license, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in In re Clader.
An employee who secretly recorded a conversation with his boss using his smartphone’s voice memo app violated the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act (Wiretap Act), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Smith.
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.
There is no fraud exception to Pennsylvania’s civil spousal communication privilege, the Superior Court held in CAP Glass, Inc. v. Coffman.
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.