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next Heim vs. Hope Enterprises Foundation Incorporated and/or Hope Enterprise, Inc. and/or Hope Corporation and/or Ryan Benis  (05.24.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Civil:   Summary judgment motions; Mental Health Procedures Act and Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 immunity; applicability to group home; showing of gross negligence or incompetence; issues for jury.  (Heim052418Li3)  (Posted: 05.25.2018)

next Heim vs. Hope Enterprises Foundation Incorporated and/or Hope Enterprise, Inc. and/or Hope Corporation and/or Ryan Benis  (05.24.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Civil:   Motion in limine; expert testimony; qualifications of expert to testify about standard of care; lack of experience in management or supervision of group home.  (Heim052418Li2)  (Posted: 05.25.2018)

next Heim vs. Hope Enterprises Foundation Incorporated and/or Hope Enterprise, Inc. and/or Hope Corporation and/or Ryan Benis  (05.24.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Civil:   Motion in limine; expert testimony; speculation; expert's use of hearsay, inadmissible statements; testimony about speculative explanations for patterns of behavior; testimony of an expert on subjects that do not require specialized knowledge is beyond that possessed by the average layperson; statement meant to inflame the jury; prejudice; expert opinion that defendant was "negligent or reckless".  (Heim052418Li)  (Posted: 05.25.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Long  (05.24.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; question of whether an arrest occurred; probable cause for arrest; extendable baton as prohibited offensive weapon.  (Long052518L)  (Posted: 05.25.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Sims  (05.18.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Consolidation motion; judicial economy; common plan, scheme or design and to prove the identity of defendant as perpetrator; related deliveries of drugs; evidence capable of separation; prejudice; danger of cumulating evidence.  (sims051818L)  (Posted: 05.17.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Miller  (05.16.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; timeliness; jurisdiction of the court .  (Miller051618bt)  (Posted: 05.16.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Kellam  (05.16.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Civil:   Reconsideration of sentence; correctness of offense gravity score; Commonwealth's motion to amend sentence; failure to apply enhancement for possession of a deadly weapon.  (Kellam051618L)  (Posted: 05.16.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Bair  (05.16.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Severance motion; prosecution for multiple burglaries; prejudice or confusion; judicial economy.  (bair051618L)  (Posted: 05.16.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Young  (05.16.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; protective sweep of home during execution of arrest warrant; specific facts to justify a reasonable fear for safety of arresting officer.  (young051618L)  (Posted: 05.16.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Long  (05.15.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Reconsideration motion regarding rejection of plea agreement; DUI second offense; acceptance of ARD as prior offense; plea agreement binding the court; obligation of the court to follow the law and impose mandatory sentence even though no party objects to a lower sentence.  (long051518L)  (Posted: 05.15.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Shaffer  (05.15.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Post sentence motion; sexual offenses involving a child; sentencing factors factors including nature and circumstances of offenses, defendant’s history and characteristics, the court’s observations, pre-sentence report, guidelines and other relevant information; lack of interest in rehabilitation; risk of re-offense; sentencing discretion; use of witness to authenticate statement made to another party; business record; use of unacknowledged statement for cross examination; evidence of reputation around children.  (Shaffer051518L)  (Posted: 05.15.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Scott  (05.04.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Suppression motion; knowing and voluntary waiver of right to remain silent; conditions free of coercion; factors to determine voluntariness of consent for search.  (Scott050418bt)  (Posted: 05.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Harry  (05.04.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Habeas corpus petition; prima facie case of criminal use of a communication facility; constructive possession; totality of circumstances; authentication of text messages; suppression motion; manner of driving through high crime neighborhood; consented to encounter with police; cash discovered during pat down search that was not determined to be contraband.  (Adrian5418bt)  (Posted: 05.05.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Jones  (05.03.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Suppression motion; search of residence; expectation of privacy in place searched.  (jones050318L)  (Posted: 05.03.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Moore  (04.30.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; ineffective assistance of counsel; advising of appeal rights; factual determination.  (Moore043018bt)  (Posted: 04.30.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Mitchell  (04.27.2018Judge Marc F. Lovecchio
Criminal:   Motion to preclude testimony at sentencing; voluntary manslaughter conviction; proof of other causes for accident; consideration of nature and circumstances of offense at sentencing; weight of evidence.  (Mitchell042718L)  (Posted: 04.27.2018)

next Commonwealth vs.Gardner  (04.27.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; ineffective counsel; failing to request a cautionary instruction for the use of visual aid during closing argument; issue litigated on direct appeal; cautionary instruction resulting in different outcome; prejudice.  (Gardner42718bt)  (Posted: 04.27.2018)

next Commonwealth vs. Hamilton  (04.24.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Post conviction relief act petition; ineffective counsel; coerced guilty plea; knowing, voluntary and intelligent plea.  (Hamilton04242018bt)  (Posted: 04.24.2018)

next KWT Adoption  (04.24.2018Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Adoption:   Petition for involuntary termination of parental rights; non-appearance of defendant; settled purpose of relinquishing parental claim; failure to perform parental duties for at least the six months preceding the filing of the petition; no existing bond.  (AdoptionofKWT42418m)  (Posted: 04.25.2018)

next Smith vs. Montoursville Area School District  (04.24.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Administrative Appeal:   Motion to dismiss administrative appeal; modification to job title; entitlement to a hearing; property right in a job modification; “reputation” as a protected personal interest.  (smith042418Li)  (Posted: 04.24.2018)

next Erie Insurance Company vs. Howell  (04.23.2018Judge Eric R. Linhardt
Civil:   Motion to preclude expert witnesses and for summary judgment; Frye standard; novel scientific evidence; generally accepted principles and methodology; weight of the expert opinion; expert qualifications; reasonable pretension to specialized knowledge on a subject.  (erie042318Li)  (Posted: 04.24.2018)

next BAR Adoption  (04.20.2018Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy
Adoption:   Petition for involuntary termination of parental rights; non-appearance of defendant; settled purpose of relinquishing parental claim; failure to perform parental duties for at least the six months preceding the filing of the petition; definition of parental duties; effect of termination on the child’s needs and welfare; no existing bond..  (AdoptionofBR042018m)  (Posted: 04.24.2018)

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. Sanders  (04.17.2018Judge Nancy L. Butts
Criminal:   Consolidation motion; multiple sales of heroin; similarity of cases so that they tend to show a common scheme; cases tend to establish identity of perpetrator; danger of confusion; possibility of prejudice and injustice; severance of person not to possess a firearm charges.  (Sanders041718bt)  (Posted: 04.21.2018)

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)

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