Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer Update: PA Supreme Court Reigns in Application of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Dealing with a Firearm

The case is Commonwealth v. Hanson, ___ A.3d ___ (2013), 2013 WL 6831854 (Pa. Supreme Ct., Dec. 27, 2013).  The opinion is written by Justice Saylor.   And, the application of a gun plus drug dealing mandatory minimum is overruled, because a defendant...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Act 152 of 2004 as Violative of the Single-Subject Rule of Art. III, Sec. 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution

On December 16, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down Act 152 of 2004 (“Act 152”), in its entirety, as violating the single-subject rule of Article III, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Act 152 made various changes to the...