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next Commonwealth vs. Daniels  (11.16.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Appeal; timeliness of petition for return of property.  (Daniels111617L)  (Posted: 11.16.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Portanova  (11.16.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; vehicle stop; validity of consent for blood draw; totality of the circumstances; voluntariness; requirement of Miranda warnings at the time of the blood draw.  (Portanova111617bt)  (Posted: 11.16.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Masker  (11.16.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; vehicle stop; validity of consent to blood test; Birchfield issue; need for police to inform driver of increased criminal penalties that will result depending on blood alcohol concentration; consent as product of an essentially free and unconstrained choice-not the result of duress or coercion; knowledge of right to refuse test.  (Masker111617bt)  (Posted: 11.16.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Johnson  (11.16.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal.  (Johnson111617bt)  (Posted: 11.16.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Ergott  (11.15.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; request to modify and reconsider sentence; knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently entered guilty plea with plea agreement.  (Ergott111517L)  (Posted: 11.15.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Repella  (11.15.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; ineffective counsel on guilty plea; waiver of issues by withdrawal of guilty plea withdrawal motion and on record claim that this attorney was not ineffective; claims belied by transcript of guilty plea hearing; accomplice liability for theft offenses.  (Repella111517L)  (Posted: 11.15.2017)

next TS Adoption  (11.13.2017Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Adoption:   Petition for involuntary termination of parental rights; incarcerated parent; failure of parent to perform parental duties for a period of time in excess of six months; performance of bare minimum parental duties, before incarceration; minimal efforts to maintain relationship with child, after incarceration, mostly occurring after filing of petition; parent content to allow custodians of child to maintain primary custody of the child and provide her with the financial and emotional support she required; bond between the child and parent.  (AdoptionofTS111317m)  (Posted: 11.15.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Sailor  (11.13.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion in limine; proposed expert testimony on the impact of use of marijuana on drivers, to counter police testimony that defendant was unable to drive safely based on observations of a “strong” odor of marijuana, red or bloodshot eyes, his lethargy, and his poor balance; testimony for jury to consider.  (Sailor111317L)  (Posted: 11.13.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Smith  (11.13.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion to dismiss; retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions; affect of Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision for which a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court has been filed; request for increased bail pending Commonwealth appeal; meritorious reasons to increase defendant’s bail.  (Smith111317L)  (Posted: 11.13.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Brown  (11.13.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal.  (Brown111317bt)  (Posted: 11.13.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Coleman  (11.09.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; false statement included by an affiant in affidavit for a search warrant; materiality of omission from affidavit; totality of the circumstances to find probable cause exists for a warrant to issue; reliability of admissions made against penal interest; sufficiency of information for the issuing authority to find probable cause to issue arrest warrant; relevance of crimen falsi information to the probable cause determination; de minimis discrepancies between what was reported to police and what was reported in affidavit of probable cause.  (Coleman110907bt)  (Posted: 11.13.2017)

next Kuntz Estate  (11.09.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Wills and Estates:   Appeal; exercising equitable powers to benefit innocent party; waiver; information about potential controversy known to party seeking equitable relief.  (Kuntz110917bt)  (Posted: 11.13.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Sailor  (11.05.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Petition to withdraw as counsel and continuance for trial; irreconcilable conflict between counsel and defendant that has caused a breakdown in the attorney/client relationship; testimony to facts that counsel knows are false; substitution of co-counsel to handle the examination of defendant and closing arguments.  (Sailor110517L)  (Posted: 11.05.2017)

next In the interest of BNK  (11.02.2017Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Criminal:   Motion to vacate nolle prosequi; compliance with the juvenile court rules; proper recourse of re-filing the delinquency petition; action taken by assistant district attorney without any request or influence from the court; lack of communication and internal policy violation within district attorney’s office; prejudice.  (InREBNK110217m)  (Posted: 11.05.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Best  (10.31.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Omnibus pretrial motion, nunc pro tunc; timeliness; discretion to hear an untimely motion; interests of justice; absconding as waiver of any right to assert the protection of the law; merits of the suppression motion.  (Best103117L)  (Posted: 11.05.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. DeSciscio  (11.03.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion to establish number of prior offenses; Florida convictions for DUI; substantially similar offenses; lesser degree of impairment; exactitude or equivalency.  (DeSciscio110317L)  (Posted: 11.04.2017)

next Nye vs. Shipman; Nye vs. Shipman & Neff  (11.02.2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Appeal of non-jury verdict; deed interpretation; credibility of expert opinion; significance of man-made monuments and acreage amounts specified in the deed in the absence of course, distances, metes and bounds or natural monuments; weight given to typeover in article of agreement; unambiguous deed description.  (Nye110217g)  (Posted: 11.04.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Faison  (10.20.2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Criminal:   Appeal; post conviction relief act petition; waiver of issues by decision of defendant not to pursue pretrial motion; reasonable basis to not file suppression motion; probable cause to authorize pen register; contraband in plain view.  (Faison102017g)  (Posted: 11.04.2017)

next Weiser vs. Heckman & South Williamsport Borough  (10.13.2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Summary judgment motion; snow plow damaged curb; applicability of streets exception to municipal immunity; secondary liability under the sidewalk exception.  (weiser101317g)  (Posted: 11.04.2017)

next In re: RB, a person alleged to be mentally disabled  (10.12.2017Judge Richard A. Gray
Administrative Appeal:   Review petition; patient suffering from delusional thinking who, without inpatient treatment, was a danger to himself and others.  (In re RB101217g)  (Posted: 11.04.2017)

next Armson vs. Helsel and Pinnacle Baseball, LLC, d/b/a U.S. Elite Baseball  (10.31.2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Civil:   Preliminary factual determination; contract interpretation; plain meaning; evidentiary support for factual determinations.  (armson103117a)  (Posted: 11.01.2017)

next C.J.K. Mental Health Expungement Petition  (10.31.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Administrative Appeal:   Petition for expungement of mental health records and/or a petition to restore civil rights; firearm purchase prohibition; involuntary commitment due to use of drugs; review of sufficiency of the evidence upon which commitment was based; patient truly in need of mental health services provided at the time of commitment; due process protections; acts and statements solely the result of controlled substance use.  (InreCJK103117bt)  (Posted: 10.31.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Shaffer  (10.31.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal.  (Shaffer103117bt)  (Posted: 10.31.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Heddings  (10.31.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; eligibility for a Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive; legality of sentence; after-discovered evidence; burglary conviction not disqualifying an individual from a RRRI sentence; need to file amended petition.  (Heddings103117L)  (Posted: 10.31.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Nottingham  (10.31.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal; defendant's request to bar use of blood evidence or to have it tested, where Commonwealth chose not to use the evidence to prove any crimes; propriety of trial judge overruling an interlocutory order by another judge of the same court; sufficiency of evidence of convictions for multiple assault related crimes.  (Nottingham103117bt)  (Posted: 10.31.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Satterfield  (10.31.2017Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; patently untimely filing; legality of sentence; jurisdiction of the court.  (Satterfield103117bt)  (Posted: 10.31.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Boone  (10.30.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Commonwealth’s motions in limine and to admit statements; evidence of victim's prior convictions for assault related offenses; admissibility of pertinent character that is relevant to the crime or defense; self-defense claim; knowledge of victim’s violent character; evidence of actual conviction of a crime of a violent nature; hearsay rule; admissibility of statement by unavailable declarant made against interest; factors bearing on the reliability of the statements; statements against the declarant’s penal interest.  (Boone103017L)  (Posted: 10.30.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Brown  (10.30.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Request of defendant to plead guilty to some charges in a criminal Information and demand for a trial on remaining charges; inherent authority of the court to ensure fairness in the legal proceedings, promote judicial efficacy and protect against abuse.  (Brown103017L)  (Posted: 10.30.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Foster  (10.30.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; credit for time served; entitlment to duplicate credit.  (Foster103017L)  (Posted: 10.30.2017)

next Commonwealth vs. Reem  (10.30.2017Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; knowing, intelligent, and voluntary guilty plea to possession with intent to deliver; denial of offense during guilty plea hearing; requirement that his conditions of supervision relate to rehabilitation or sentence; collateral consequences of guilty plea such as driver’s license suspension.  (reem102017L)  (Posted: 10.30.2017)