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next Commonwealth vs. Wodrig  (April 13, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Motion to withdraw nolo contendere plea; fair and just reason; sufficiency of mere assertion of innocence to warrant second plea withdrawal.  (Wodrig041317bt)  (Posted: Apr 26, 2017)

next Maxson vs. Weaver.  (April 11, 2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Motion in limine; motor vehicle accident; admissibility of point of impact testimony by non-experts; reliance on physical evidence at the scene of accident; eye-witness account of the point of impact; admissibility of criminal convictions that do not involve dishonesty or false statements.  (maxson041117g)  (Posted: Apr 22, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Marchese  (April 21, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Appeal; sentencing discretion; unduly harsh and manifestly excessive sentence following violation of probation; consideration of mental health issues; substance abuse; failure to take advantage of treatment options offered.  (marchese042117L)  (Posted: Apr 22, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Kennedy  (April 21, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion to dismiss; timeliness; appearance of new counsel; lack of prejudice; dismissal motion characterized as motion in limine; waiver of preliminary hearing as waiver of ability to challenge the sufficiency of the evidence in habeas corpus motion.  (Kennedy042117L)  (Posted: Apr 22, 2017)

next Grady vs. Montgomery Area School District  (April 20, 2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Civil:   Summary judgment motion; slip and fall; sidewalk exception to governmental immunity; defect or dangerous condition of the sidewalk; speculative testimony.  (Grady042017a)  (Posted: Apr 22, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Pinkney  (April 19, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Motion to dismiss; rule 600 speedy trial requirements; due diligence of Commonwealth.  (Pinkney041917bt)  (Posted: Apr 22, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Kostishak  (April 18, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; probable cause for vehicle stop; flashing high beams once for a second while within 100 feet of troopers’ oncoming vehicle; objective belief that violation of the Vehicle Code occured.  (Kostishak041817L)  (Posted: Apr 18, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Kostishak  (April 13, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; probable cause to stop vehicle; observation of Vehicle Code violation.  (kostishak041317L)  (Posted: Apr 14, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Vassallo  (April 12, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Severance motion; sexual assault crimes against two victims; common plan, scheme or design; lack of similarity of offenses; undue prejudice.  (vassallo041217L)  (Posted: Apr 12, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. McLaurin  (April 11, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; probable cause to search stopped vehicle; odor of marijuana; probable cause to obtain warrant to search cell phone based on totality of circumstances of drug dealing.  (mclaurin041117L)  (Posted: Apr 11, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Hartsfield  (April 11, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; reasonable suspicion for vehicle stop; observation of apparent drug transactions at location identified by known informant; automobile exception to the warrant requirement where there is probable cause to search.  (Hartsfield041117bt)  (Posted: Apr 11, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Knight  (April 10, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Petition for writ of coram nobis treated as seventh petition for post conviction relief; timeliness.  (Knight041017bt)  (Posted: Apr 10, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Coleman  (April 5, 2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Criminal:   Appeal; admissibility of photographs of victim’s injuries and of crime scene; photographs inflammatory, or relevant, probative and not misleading; sufficiency of evidence as to intent to cause serious bodily injury; request for continuance/mistrial due to unavailability of his witness who came under investigation for witness intimidation related to all three prosecution witnesses; likely cumulative evidence; no specific proffer as to how testimony would have advanced defense.  (coleman040517g)  (Posted: Apr 8, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Rogers  (March 31, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; waiver of preliminary hearing causing loss of right to object to sufficiency of Commonwealth's evidence; suppression motion; unannounced home visit of probationer's home by probation officers; drug contraband in plain view; probable cause to search .  (Rogers033117bt)  (Posted: Apr 6, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Coffey  (April 5, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; warrantless search of home without seizure of evidence; seizure of rifle stored in plain view outside of the house, after complaint that defendant was threatening to use it against a person.  (Coffey040517L)  (Posted: Apr 5, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Best  (April 5, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motions; standing to object to search of wife's cell phone where wife copied sexually explicit video from defendant's phone to her phone; defendant's reasonable expectation of privacy in his wife’s phone; consensual review of phone without warrant; vicarious assersion of constitutional rights of another person.  (Best040517L)  (Posted: Apr 5, 2017)

next Smith Estate  (March 29, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Wills and Estates:   Appeal; credibility of testimony regarding verba in praesenti, to establish common law marriage.  (Smith032917bt)  (Posted: Apr 5, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Johnson  (March 31, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; search of cell phone; standing; voluntary abandonment; disavowal of a possessory interest; reasonable expectation of privacy.  (Johnson033117bt)  (Posted: Apr 1, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Frierson  (March 31, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; prima facie case of criminal homicide; receiving stolen property tampering with evidence and robbery.  (Frierson033117bt)  (Posted: Apr 1, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs.Tubbs  (March 22, 2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Criminal:   Post sentence motion; amending criminal information to add additional theft offense with similar elements; prejudice; admissibility of defendant's statements to police; corpus delecti rule; admissibility of text messages; authentication by circumstantial evidence; hearsay objection where text messages not offered for the truth of the matters asserted; sufficiency and weight of the evidence; grading of offense in light of testimony at trial; excessive sentence; theft among drug dealers.  (Tubbs032217a)  (Posted: Mar 25, 2017)

next Holtzapple vs. Dunkleberger and Tebbs  (March 15, 2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Summary judgment motion; slip and fall case; hills and ridges doctrine; issues of fact; defective property condition; constructive notice that defect existed for such a period of time that it could have been discovered.  (Holtzapple031517g)  (Posted: Mar 21, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Garcia  (March 17, 2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal.  (Garcia031717bt)  (Posted: Mar 17, 2017)

next CFP vs. REP  (March 15, 2017Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Divorce:   Contempt petition; validity of attempt by court to order alimony before entry of divorce decree; clear and unambiguous contract provision; payments made to spouse during the course of separation, and prior to award of APL.  (Purcell031517m)  (Posted: Mar 17, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Kemp  (March 16, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post-conviction relief act petition; claim of ineffective assistance of counsel; claim lacking arguable merit; failure to call character witnesses; relevance of evidence of defendant's reputation for truthfulness or honesty; evidence of reputation for being nonviolent; subjecting witnesses to cross-examination about specific incidents of violent conduct; reasonable basis for not calling character witnesses; prejudice; opening the door to unfavorable rebuttal evidence; strategic basis for use of evidence.  (Kemp031717L)  (Posted: Mar 17, 2017)

next Scott vs. Ferguson  (March 9, 2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Civil:   Non-jury trial; property damage claims due to trespassing guinea hens; counter-claim for water drainage damage.  (Scott030917)  (Posted: Mar 15, 2017)

next Sacor Financial, Inc.Successor in interest to Wells Fargo Bank vs. Miller  (March 13, 2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Civil:   Non-jury trial; collection of loan debt; statute of limitations; choice of law; acknowledgement doctrine; clear, distinct and unequivocal acknowledgement of the debt.  (Sacor031317a)  (Posted: Mar 13, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Poole  (March 13, 2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Criminal:   Post-sentence motion; scratching prison guard; sufficiency and weight of evidence; proof of bodily injury; excessive sentence; affect on class of persons intended to be protected by statute; lack of remorse.  (Poole031317a)  (Posted: Mar 13, 2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Pittenger  (March 6, 2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion to admit certain statements pursuant to Tender Years Act; hearsay statements made to mother and forensic interviewer; indicia of reliability; motive to fabricate.  (pittenger030617L)  (Posted: Mar 6, 2017)

next McMullin vs. Genesis Healthcare, Inc; 1201 Rural Avenue Operations LLC; Genesis Healthcare, LLC  (February 28, 2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Preliminary objections; validity and enforceability of an arbitration agreement; authority of husband to act as agent; unconscionability; specificity of complaint; sufficiency of allegations to support punitive damage claim; negligence per se for violation of Neglect of a Care-Dependent Person Statute; scandalous and impertinent allegations.  (McMullen022817g)  (Posted: Mar 6, 2017)

next Chituk vs. Koenigsberg  (March 2, 2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Motion for judgment on the pleadings; contract claim; oral agreement to pay son's rent; statute of frauds; “leading object" or "main purpose" rule, pecuniary or business purpose or benefit.  (chituc030217g)  (Posted: Mar 6, 2017)

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