A take on Commonwealth v. Arter: The Exclusionary Rule and Motions to Suppress Evidence at Parole and Probation Revocation Hearings

Although the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down the opinion in Commonwealth v. Arter (Pa. 2016) over three months ago, on December 28, 2016, its importance to Pennsylvania jurisprudence, as it relates to the application of the exclusionary rule for...

SCOTUS to Hear Companion Cases Involving Cell Phone Searches Incident to Arrest – Criminal Lawyers in Philadelphia Courts Should Keep Watch

The following story is one I wrote, and which was originally published in the March 2014 edition of Upon Further Review, a publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Re-printed here with permission of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  The original work can...

Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer Update: Pennsylvania Superior Court Weighs In on GPS Tracking Devices Under the Wiretap Act in Two Recent Cases

The Pennsylvania Superior Court rules that defendants must have a reasonable expectation of privacy to enjoy the evidentiary exclusionary rule provided in the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act (“WESCA”) and that authorization orders issued...