Death Penalty

Commonwealth v. Flor, 708 CAP

Posted in Attorney-Client Privilege,Collateral Order Appeals,Death Penalty,Ineffective Assistance of Counsel,PA Supreme Court Cases,PCRA on April 25, 2016

Flor appealed the PCRA court’s order granting the Commonwealth’s motion for production of the complete records of trial counsel (which was composed of 30,000 pages). Flor disarmed a police officer while in hospital custody; he shot an EMT and three police officers, killing one. After pleading guilty, a jury sentenced him to death. Flor’s PCRA… read more

Commonwealth v. Chapman, No. 682 CAP

Posted in Admission of Evidence,Death Penalty,Statutory Interpretation on March 29, 2016

  The Supreme Court reversed the appellant’s death sentence in this case. As a statutory aggravator, the Commonwealth submitted the appellant’s prior convictions for aggravated assault in New Jersey. NJ does not differentiate between misdemeanors and felonies; instead, they have “degrees” of crimes. The appellant’s convictions were of the fourth degree, which is the lowest,… read more