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next Americredit Financial Services, Inc. vs. Starr  (04.18.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Civil:   Non-jury trial; installment contract claim; Guaranteed Asset Protection addendum; reliance on policy exclusion; burden of to prove applicability of insurance exclusion; violation of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law; evidence of fraudulent or deceptive conduct.  (AmeriCredit041818LN)  (Posted: 04.18.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Turner  (04.13.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; vehicle stop; seizure of blood; search warrant; validity of consent; failure to advise of his constitutional right to counsel or right to remain silent when consent requested.  (Turner041318bt)  (Posted: 04.13.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Noltee  (04.11.2018Judge Dudley N. Anderson
Criminal:   Appeal; sufficiency of evidence of actual physical control of vehicle; mere presence in vehicle in state of intoxication; totality of circumstances.  (noltee041118a)  (Posted: 04.11.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Jackson  (04.06.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; timeliness; prima facie case; reliance on hearsay evidence alone; circumstantial evidence of a crime.  (Jackson040618bt)  (Posted: 04.07.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Riera  (04.05.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post-conviction relief act petition; ineffective trial counsel; failure to call gun expert, where no issue to be addressed by expert was identified; evidence of defendant's reputation for truthfulness and as a law abiding person where no witnesses could be found; introducing prior consistent statement where credibility not challenged; failure to tell defendant he would testify at trial or to pursue specific lines of questioning; previously litigated issues; evidenciary hearing to determine factual disputes.  (RIERA040518bt)  (Posted: 04.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Jones  (04.05.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; prima facie case; evidence of possession of gun or drugs; constructive possessession; totality of circumstances; circumstantial evidence.  (Jones040518bt)  (Posted: 04.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Stackhouse  (04.05.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Appeal; waiver of right to final probation violation hearing where offense was admitted at preliminary hearing; resentencing to prison where there were numerous violations of probation and county-level efforts at rehabilitation had been exhausted.  (stackhouse040518Bt)  (Posted: 04.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Matlosz  (04.04.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Discovery motion; victim’s juvenile delinquency records; attacking credibility of victim; reasonable probability that discovery would lead to evidence that would exonerate defendant; information reported after juvenile proceedings concluded; defendant implecated in post-adjudication counselling session.  (Matlosz040418L)  (Posted: 04.04.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Hall  (03.28.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Timeliness of suppression motion; interests of justice; significant delay without good reason; meritorious issues; privacy interest in vehicle; waiver of habeas corpus challenge to sufficiency of evidence by filing boilerplate motion.  (Hall032818L)  (Posted: 03.28.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Crippen  (03.26.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Rule 600 motion for release on nominal bail; excludable time .  (Crippen032618bt)  (Posted: 03.28.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Schenck  (03.23.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; ineffective counsel; inconsistencies in witness's testimony; relevant cross examination; lack of prejudice.  (Schenck032318L)  (Posted: 03.25.2018)

next Forsburg vs. Geer  (03.21.2018Judge Richard A. Gray
Civil:   Non-jury trial; right to exclusive possession of septic system; ejectment.  (Forsburg032118g)  (Posted: 04.18.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Castro  (03.20.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Second suppression motion; timeliness; waiver; interests of justice; fairness of delay in trial to victim; obviousness of the merits of the motion.  (Castro032018L)  (Posted: 03.20.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Miller  (03.20.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Motion for modification of sentence; unauthorized restitution order; responsibility for damage to property caused during execution of search warrant where no crimes charged due to the search.  (Miller032018bt)  (Posted: 03.20.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Beiler  (03.15.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; duty to provide veterinary care to pet dog; prima facie evidence; clear and unambiguous statutory language; criminal liability through an omission; failure to provide necessary veterinary care causing continued substantial pain.  (Beiler031518L)  (Posted: 03.15.2018)

next American Express Centurion Bank vs. Twigg  (03.07.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Civil:   Non-jury trial verdict; credit card debt; credibility of dispute to amount owed..  (twigg030718Lh)  (Posted: 03.08.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Schaeffer  (03.07.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion in limine to preclude admissibility of compounds allegedly found in defendant’s blood; required minimum levels of drug for prosecution for driving under the influence; statutory interpretation; drug for which Department of Health has not prescribed minimum levels; construction of the word "shall".  (schaeffer030718L)  (Posted: 03.07.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Styers  (03.07.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post-conviction relief act petition; timeliness of petition; jurisdiction of the court; retroactive application of Supreme Court authority; timeliness of claim based on new case authority.  (Styers030718L)  (Posted: 03.07.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Brown  (03.06.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Consolidation motion; evidence of each of the offenses admissible in separate trial for the other; common scheme or plan; prejudice; inability to distinguish one offense versus the other; risk of confusing the jury.  (Brown030618L)  (Posted: 03.06.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Lawrence  (03.06.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; search of a home; consent of owner of house; existence of landlord tenant relationship; expectation of privacy after property abandoned; rights of a trespasser.  (Lawrence030618L)  (Posted: 03.06.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Popkin  (03.05.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion for hearing on ex parte order; rule 586 settlement; attempt by Commonwealth to amend settlement amount after court approval of the settlement; applicability of restitution statute; calculation of victim's loss for purposes of rule 586 settlement.  (popkin030518L)  (Posted: 03.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Adkins  (03.01.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Dismissal motion ; rule 600; due diligence to find defendant; NCIC searches; defendant who could not be apprehended du to unknown whereabouts; police testimony about typical procedures to serve warrant rather than about actual attmepts.  (Adkins030118L)  (Posted: 03.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Indivero  (03.01.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; late filing; prejudice to the Commonwealth; reasonable suspicion or probable cause to stop vehicle; erratic driving; reasonable suspicion for field sobriety tests; warrantless blood test; claimed use of deceit, misrepresentation, or coercion in obtaining consent for the blood draw and testing; discovery request of information equally accessible to the defense as it is the Commonwealth; violation of 2 hour rule.  (Indivero030118bt)  (Posted: 03.01.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Gehr  (02.28.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; knowing, intelligent and voluntary waiver of preliminary hearing; ineffectiveness in connection with entry of guilty plea; buyer’s remorse; challenge to guilty plea by asserting his lies under oath; knowing, intelligent and voluntary guilty plea.  (Gehr022818L)  (Posted: 02.28.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Willits  (02.27.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Nunc pro tunc suppression motion; timeliness; interests of justice; facts learned only after the disclosure of discovery; arguable merit of suppression issue.  (willits022718L)  (Posted: 02.27.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Haddix  (02.13.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; of ineffective assistance of counsel claim; failure to call specialist for sentencing hearing; ex post facto application of sentencing enhancement.  (Haddix021318bt)  (Posted: 03.01.2018)

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

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)

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