An embattled district attorney who has been accused of forging a judge's signature is claiming that she is the subject of a conspiracy.
A Delaware County judge has decided that the adult son of a woman who died in 2011 should be compensated for the sale of one of her properties, since that property was devised to him in her will.
On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia.On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia. Ahmad claimed that he stopped at a four-way stop sign, then drove into the intersection. As he did so, the driver's side of his car was struck by a Nissan Maxima driven by Mohammed Abuawada, who was traveling on K Street. Ahmad maintained that Abuawada struck his car at 80 to 85 mph. Ahmad suffered a fracture to his left clavicle, which he claimed was a serious impairment of a bodily function.
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Commonwealth v. Rivera, PICS Case No. 15-0039 (Pa. Dec. 29, 2014) Baer, J.; Saylor, J., dissenting (61 pages).
Appellant's trial counsel was not ineffective for failing to present additional evidence to support appellant's self-defense claims, where appellant admitted to shooting the victim and to initiating the engagement and failing to attempt a safe retreat, which defeated appellant's self-defense claim. Order of the PCRA court affirmed.
Commonwealth v. Johnson, PICS Case No. 15-0037 (Pa. Dec. 30, 2014) Stevens, J., Baer, J., concurring and dissenting (78 pages).
The trial court did not err in equating the guilt-phase and penalty-phase standards with respect to appellant's intoxication impacting his ability to appreciate criminal conduct. Judgment of sentence affirmed.
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