Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recommendation that Former Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Baldwin be publicly censured for alleged misconduct arising from her representation of Penn State University and former university officials.
Allocatur granted Oct. 23, 2018. Warrantless Blood Test; Exigent Circumstances Exception to the Warrant Requirement
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will hear argument on whether the facts and circumstances in this case justify a warrantless blood draw under the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement.
Allocatur granted Dec. 19, 2018. Double Jeopardy; Prosecutorial Misconduct
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted allocatur in this criminal case involving prosecutorial misconduct.
Allocatur granted May 6, 2019. Can a parent be considered a perpetrator of abuse when there is another identified direct perpetrator of sexual abuse?
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted allocatur in this case involving the sexual abuse of a minor.
In re: Grand Jury Investigation No. 18, 18 MM 2019
This is a challenge to the release of a grand jury report, which remains sealed pending appeal. The order of the Franklin County Common Pleas directing public release of the report is available here.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
King’s Bench. Constitutionality of Capital Punishment
Death row prisoners, whose convictions and sentences were affirmed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on direct appeal, petition to invoke the Supreme Court’s King’s Bench jurisdiction to consider whether Pennsylvania’s capital punishment system imposes cruel punishment under Article I, Section 13 of the Pennsylvania Constitution
Allocatur granted June 19, 2018. Constitutionality of Juvenile Sentencing
The Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of a sentence of 50-years to life for a juvenile in light of its decision in Commonwealth v. Batts, 163 A.3d 410 (Pa. 2017).
Allocatur granted March 5, 2019. Attempted Murder: Longer Sentence Notice Requirement; Multiple Convictions for More Than One Inchoate Offense
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur in this criminal case involving notice issues and multiple convictions for more than one inchoate offense.
Allocatur granted Dec. 4, 2018. Suppression of Evidence
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider the scope of investigative detentions.
Jurisdiction per 42 Pa.C.S. § 723(a). Right to pursue chosen occupation
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whther the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act impose unconstitutional burdens on short-term vacation property managers.
Allocatur granted March 4, 2019. Mental Health Procedures Act; Limited Immunity for Care of Addicted Patients
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur in this case to consider if the Mental Health Procedures Act limited immunity provisions apply to a patient receiving treatment for addiction.
Allocatur granted Dec. 27, 2018. Unemployment Compensation; Ineligibility due to Self-Employment
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted allocatur in this case to consider eligibility for unemployment compensation when a claimant is involved in providing ride-sharing services.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Allocatur granted Nov. 20, 2018. Trespass; Rule of Capture
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will hear argument on whether the rule of capture precludes liability for trespass due to hydraulic fracturing.
Allocatur granted Dec. 15, 2018. Collective Bargaining; Nonbargainable Managerial Prerogative
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted allocatur in this collective bargaining case involving consideration of managerial prerogatives.
Allocatur granted Feb. 4, 2019. Right to Know Law; Disclosure of School Bus Surveillance Video under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Supreme Court granted allocatur in this case involving public disclosure of school bus security footage pursuant to the RTKL.
Allocatur granted Feb. 13, 2019. Is a Disclosure that Violates the Psychiatrist/Patient Privilege in an Act 21 Commitment Harmless Error?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur in this case to determine if a disclosure where the trial court violates the psychiatrist/patient privilege can ever be harmless error.
Allocatur granted Jan. 8, 2019. Protected matter of public concern or actionable expression of personal frustration?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear argument related to the termination of a PennDOT employee resulting from a Facebook post.