Blog

High School Sophomore Charged With Wiretapping For Recording Bullying

Filed under: Strange But True by Contributor @ April 17, 2014

Fifteen year-old Christian Aaron True Stanfield, a special-needs high school sophomore from Pittsburgh, was recently charged with a felony violation of Pennsylvania’s wiretapping statute because he made a seven-minute audio recording on his iPad of classmates who were bullying him. Stanfield let his mom hear the audio recording and then brought it to the South […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Montgomery County Juvenile Expungement Clinic

Filed under: Criminal Law by Steven F. Fairlie @ April 7, 2014

The Montgomery County Public Defender is now handling juvenile expungements for free: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140407_Montco_public_defenders_push_expungement_of_juvenile_records.html

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Superior Court: Counsel Ineffective For Failing To Request Character Jury Instruction

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ April 5, 2014

In Commonwealth v. Reyes-Rodriguez the Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed the court’s denial of PCRA relief. The Superior Court found that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to request a jury instruction that character evidence in favor of Reyes-Rodriguez, in and of itself, could create reasonable doubt or establish innocence. A jury found Reyes-Rodriguez guilty of […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Montgomery County Court Rejects Mandatory Sentencing as Unconstitutional

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 31, 2014

On March 21, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas President Judge William Furber, Jr. applied the Supreme Court’s opinion in Alleyne v. United States, 133 S.Ct. 2151, 2155 (2013) to Commonwealth v. Brockington, Commonwealth v. Blakeney, and Commonwealth v. Bates. The Court in Alleyne held that elements of a crime that trigger mandatory minimum sentences […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

PA Supreme Court May Create Bright Line Rule For Investigative Detentions

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 30, 2014

Having recently heard oral arguments, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Commonwealth v. Lyles may create a bright line rule for determining when exactly an investigative detention begins. In Lyles, the trial court granted the defendant’s motion to suppress the crack cocaine and marijuana found on his person after an allegedly unconstitutional investigative detention. Lyles and another […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment