Davidson v. Commonwealth (P)

In a forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery trial, the trial court didn’t err in giving jury instructions that combined the alternative theories of force, mental incapacity, or physical helplessness as the means by which the acts were committed against… Read More ›

Reed v. Commonwealth (P)

Even if Carpenter v. United States, 138 S. Ct. 2206 (2018), suggests that acquisition of five months of the defendant’s cell site location information was ipso facto an unconstitutional search, detectives and the prosecutor had a reasonable, good faith belief that their… Read More ›

Spratley v. Commonwealth (P)

In an issue of first impression, the court confirmed that the Commonwealth could prove felony destruction of property with evidence of the cost of replacing the property. The defendant had knocked over a grocery-store scale during an argument with a companion…. Read More ›

Schmuhl v. Commonwealth (P)

The court affirmed convictions stemming from Andrew Schmuhl’s home invasion and attack on Bean Kinney managing partner Leo Fisher and his wife. Schmuhl’s defense of involuntary intoxication from medication, as presented at trial, was distinct from statutory insanity and not… Read More ›