BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Willard Oakley Moser

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Blog, Blog Posts, Evidentiary Issues, Guilty Pleas |

Commonwealth v. Willard Oakley Moser 2010 PA Super 119 (7/08/2010) Topic: Evidence of Prior Trials in Current Cases Summary: Under Pa.R.E. 410(a)(2), evidence of a prior nolo contendere plea is inadmissible in any future criminal proceedings. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Stutler

Posted by on Feb 13, 2009 in Case Law Summaries, Guilty Pleas |

Commonwealth v. Stutler 2009 PA Super 30 (2/11/2009) Topic: Use of Statements Made as a Result of Plea Negotiations Summary: Where the defendant’s statement is involuntary and/or solicited and the defendant is under arrest, statements made as a result of a plea negotiation are not admissible at trial, even where the defendant’s reneges on the plea agreement. The fact that the District Attorney did not personally deliver the offer...

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Commentary: Guilty Pleas 101

Posted by on Oct 12, 2008 in Criminal Law Basics, Guilty Pleas |

On Wednesday October 11th, John Cusack’s alleged stalker became a prime example of how many plea bargains are rejected. While entering a no-contest plea, Emily Leatherman claimed that her attorney forced her to enter into the plea agreement. So, the judge rejected the plea and instructed the attorneys to start picking a jury. As she was taken from the courtroom, Ms. Leatherman changed her mind and said she wanted to take the deal. Two...

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