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next Commonwealth vs. Geiger  (02.05.2019Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; defendant no longer serving a sentence; eligibility for relief.  (Geiger020518bt)  (Posted: 02.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Finzell  (02.05.2019Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; probable cause for vehicle stop; reasonable suspicion and a stated investigatory purpose for stopping vehicle; reasonable suspicion to perform field sobriety test with the smell of alcohol and report of a bar fight; validity of consent to blood draw.  (Finzel020518bt)  (Posted: 02.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Hunter  (02.08.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Appeal.  (Hunter020818L)  (Posted: 02.08.2018)

next Commonwealth vs.McHenry  (02.08.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act; SORNA conviction; timeliness of filing; sentence being served under constitutionally defective statute.  (McHenry020818bt)  (Posted: 02.09.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Wooten  (02.06.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; reasonable suspicion to perform field sobriety tests; totality of circumstances establishing DUI; consent to blood draw with revised form DL26B.  (Wooten020618bt)  (Posted: 02.11.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Whiteman  (02.06.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; revocation of state intermediate punishment; timeliness; challenge to the legality of a sentence; jurisdiction of the court.  (Whiteman020618bt)  (Posted: 02.11.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Dishong  (02.02.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Commonwealth appeal; retroactive application of SORNA; applicability of binding appellate precedent; frivolous appeal.  (Dishong020218L)  (Posted: 02.03.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Miller  (02.01.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; claim of actual innocence; timeliness.  (Miller020118bt)  (Posted: 02.01.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Neidigh  (02.01.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; ineffective assistance of counsel; unlawfully induced guilty plea; knowing, voluntary, and intelligent guilty plea; eligibility for state intermediate punishment program for conviction for drug trafficking; challenge to the discretionary aspects of negotiated sentence.  (Neidigh020118bt)  (Posted: 02.01.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Boatman  (01.31.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; claimed ineffective assistance of counsel; unlawfully induced guilty plea; knowing, voluntary, and intelligent guilty plea; relief claimed under Alleyne where defendant not sentenced under mandatory minimum sentence statute; challenge to the discretionary aspects sentence; prejudice.  (Boatman013118bt)  (Posted: 02.01.2018)

next In the interest of VMS  (01.31.2018Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Criminal:   Juvenile adjudication; aggravated assault charge; kick in anger to sensitive area of officer's body as showing attempt to cause bodily injury; disorderly conduct charge where no public disturbance is caused or risked; resisting arrest charge where defendant was not to be arrested, but where she fights off officers who were attempting to restrain her.  (vms013118m)  (Posted: 02.01.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Burkins  (01.29.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; probable cause for traffic stop; personal observation of traffic violation; failure to stop at second of confusing set of flashing red traffic signals.  (Burkins012918bt)  (Posted: 01.29.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Faison  (01.29.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Adoption:   Post-conviction relief act petition; ineffective counsel; failure to present exculpatory evidence at trial; probabitive value of GPS location evidence, where evidence at trial was obtained in a reasonable suspicion detention; suppression motion for material and intentional false statements in affidavit of probable cause; waiver of previously litigated issues; failure to call confidential informant to testify that defendant was not present for drug transaction.  (Faison012917bt)  (Posted: 01.29.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Smith  (01.29.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Commonwealth appeal of finding that SORNA violated constitutional ex post facto clauses.  (Smith012918L)  (Posted: 01.29.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Sailor  (01.26.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion to withdraw as counsel; financial eligibility for public defender; interests of justice in compelling public defender to represent a party; means to pay for necessary experts; lack of alternate counsel; waste of judicial time and resources.  (Sailor01262018)  (Posted: 01.29.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Person  (01.24.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Commonwealth appeal of decision to vacate conviction for violation of sexual offender registration requirements; constitutionality of obligation to register under SORNA; ex post facto law.  (Person012418L)  (Posted: 01.24.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Coleman  (01.23.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion relating to search of property left in hotel room; audio recording of interaction with police; wiretap act; abandonment..  (Coleman012318bt)  (Posted: 01.27.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. McCullough  (01.19.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; scope of permissible search incident to arrest; validity of search of phone was not substantially contemporaneous with arrest; timing of search.  (mccullough011918L)  (Posted: 01.19.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Heddings  (01.19.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; mootness; issues for a hearing; burden of proof.  (heddings011918L)  (Posted: 01.19.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Campbell  (01.18.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Reinstatement of appeal rights; constitutionality of obligation to register under SORNA; ex post facto law; jurisdiction of court to vacate conviction for violation of SORNA..  (Campbell011818bt)  (Posted: 01.25.2018)

next CWT Adoption  (01.18.2018Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Adoption:   Petition for involuntary termination of parental rights; settled purpose to relinquish parental claim to a child or failure to perform parental duties for at least six months; diligent efforts towards the reasonably prompt assumption of full parental responsibilities; question of whether a bond exists between child and parent..  (AdoptionofCWTJr011818m)  (Posted: 01.19.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Lawrence; Commonwealth vs. Dennis  (01.18.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Consolidation motion; participation in the same act or transaction; judicial economy; prejudice; defendants' conflicting versions.  (lawrence011918L)  (Posted: 01.19.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Najdek  (01.11.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; vehicle stop and narcotics investigations outside primary police jurisdiction; probable cause to arrest; nexus between police officer's experience and search, arrest, or seizure of evidence.  (Najdek011118bt)  (Posted: 01.11.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Hoover  (01.11.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal; vacation of order granting early release from supervision within 30 days of entry; circumstances requiring the court to continue supervision.  (Hoover011118bt)  (Posted: 01.11.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. McHenry  (01.09.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Dismissal motion; SORNA registration offense; retroactive application of registration requirements; revival of previous statute upon invalidation of amended statute.  (McHenry010918bt)  (Posted: 01.09.2018)

next SK vs. PK  (01.08.2018Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Divorce:   Contempt petition; interpretation of QDRO language; distribution of supplemental FERS annuity; ambiguity of agreement.  (sk010818m)  (Posted: 01.09.2018)

next EDS vs. SS  (01.02.2018Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Divorce:   Exceptions to equitable distribution; using liquidation value to value marital home and NASCAR collection; credibility of evidence of cause of damage to vehicle; value assessed to cash withdrawn by husband from marital account before separation; decision to provide wife with percentage of marital portion of Husband’s pension rather than an immediate offset; consideration of direct contributions wife made to marital residence during the marriage where increase in value of marital residence was factored into distribution; ordering husband to provide health insurance for wife; speculative testimony about wife's needs; alimony request; pension award through rollover to wife; amount of award in light of wife's underemployment and lack of credibility about her actual income; valuation of vehicle with low mileage; equitable distribution factors; fair rental value of house.  (eds010218m)  (Posted: 01.02.2018)

next KH vs. DH  (12.29.2017Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Divorce:   Motion to enforce marital separation agreement; factual disputes relating to alleged damage to the marital home during possession of wife; awardability of attorney fees; interpretation of terms of property settlement agreement.  (Hill122917m)  (Posted: 12.27.2017)

next Irion vs. PaDOT Bureau of Driver Licensing  (12.27.2017Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Administrative Appeal:   License suspension appeal; 9 month delay of notice; unreasonable delay; prejudice; credibility of belief that license was not to be suspended; detrimental reliance.  (Irion122717m)  (Posted: 12.28.2017)

next Kutney Insurance Agency, Inc. vs. Winters and Travelers Indemnity Company  (12.26.2017Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Civil:   Preliminary objections and motion for judgment on the pleadings; striking reply to new matter as untimely; just cause for delay; new matter deemed denied by operation of law; response to conclusions of law.  (kutney122617a)  (Posted: 12.27.2017)

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