BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Doty

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Blog, Blog Posts, Case Law Summaries |

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....

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Brown

Posted by on Oct 29, 2009 in Blog |

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....

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