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Commonwealth v. Christopher Doty  2010 PA Super 105 (06/09/2010)

Topic: Fugitive Status – Waiver v. Forfeiture of Appellate Rights Challenging an Illegal Sentence

Summary: When a defendant becomes a fugitive from justice during the appellate period, he may forfeit his right to pursue an appellate review.  This forfeiture applies to issues that cannot be waived, like the legality of the sentence.

http://www.aopc.org/OpPosting/Superior/out/S09009_10.pdf

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Brown

Published on 29 October 2009 by in Blog

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Commonwealth v. Zebula Melvin Brown  2009 PA Super 199 (10/14/2009)

Topic: Appeal of the Discretionary Aspects of Sentencing– Plea Bargain

Summary: A defendant may not challenge the discretionary aspects of a sentence that has been negotiated as part of a plea bargain.  However, a defendant may challenge the discretionary aspects of whatever parts of a sentence that were not negotiated as part of the plea bargain.

http://www.aopc.org/OpPosting/Superior/out/s56038_09.pdf

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