Criminal Lawyer Update: Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules Most Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Statutes Unconstitutional in Commonwealth v. Newman, 2014 Pa. Super. 178 (Aug. 20, 2014)

by | Aug 21, 2014

In Commonwealth v. Newman, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, ruling unanimously, en banc, holds most mandatory minimums in Pennsylvania unconstitutional as a result of Alleyene v. United States.  Defendants in criminal court will no longer have to endure the overwhelming leverage of the Commonwealth’s threat of the imposition of a mandatory-minimum sentence.

It’s too early to tell if the Commonwealth will seek allocatur from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Enjoy…

Download a PDF of the opinion, authored by Ford Elliot, P.J.E. here.

Download a PDF of the concurrence, authored by Mundy, J. here.

If you enjoyed this article, check out my post on Commonwealth v. George.

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