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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. 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. 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. 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)

next Commonwealth vs. Finzell  (02.05.2018Judge 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. Geiger  (02.05.2018Judge 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. 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)