Prosecutorial Misconduct

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

United States v. Victor Lopez, No. 14-4610

Posted in Admission of Evidence,Plain Error,Prosecutorial Misconduct,Third Circuit Cases on April 20, 2016

Lopez was convicted for being a felon in possession of a handgun after a jury trial. Police testified that it was a routine job. Lopez testified that police framed him because he would not identify the true possessor of the gun, who he claimed had escaped the scene. On appeal, Lopez asserted that the prosecutor… read more