Constitutional Challenges

Commonwealth v. Derrick Edwards, 2018 Pa. Super. 1

Posted in Batson Challenges,Constitutional Challenges,PA Superior Court Cases,Prosecutorial Misconduct on January 2, 2018

A prosecutor cannot strike a prospective juror because she’s black The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s first published decision of 2018 was no small case. Derrick Edwards was accused of having taken part in eight armed robberies throughout Philadelphia. He was convicted at trial and sentenced to 22 to 44 years’ imprisonment. On appeal, Edwards challenged the… read more

Commonwealth v. Brown, 2016 PA Super 98

Posted in Admission of Evidence,Constitutional Challenges,PA Superior Court Cases,Statutory Interpretation on May 10, 2016

  Brown and the decedent had a dispute (seemingly over the throwing of a tissue) at a tattoo party. Brown pulled a gun on a third party, whom the decedent claimed Brown would not shoot. Brown did not; he instead shot the decedent. The Superior Court held that an autopsy report, prepared as a result… read more

Commonwealth v. Volk, 2016 PA Super 95

Posted in Constitutional Challenges,PA Superior Court Cases,PCRA on April 29, 2016

Volk was convicted and sentenced to 2-4 years’ imprisonment plus 3 years’ probation. After his direct appeal was denied, he filed a timely pro se PCRA petition. Counsel amended the petition shortly thereafter. A hearing was held, and briefs were subsequently filed. During the pendency of the PCRA, his probation was revoked and he was… read more