In an "extremely rare" move, one that was hailed as an advance for diversity, two women have been tapped to lead a federal multidistrict antitrust litigation.
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A jury in Philadelphia awarded a woman involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in neck injuries $7,500.
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Commonwealth v. Knight, PICS Case No. 16-1438 (Pa. Nov. 22, 2016) Dougherty, J.; Mundy, J. (dissenting) (38 pages).
The trial court erred in failing to direct the jury to find the lack of significant criminal history mitigating factor during the penalty phase where the evidence objectively established that appellant had no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions. Judgment of sentence vacated, case remanded for a new penalty hearing.
Appellate counsel's decision to abandon all preserved appellate issues to argue an unpreserved issue in the brief constituted per se ineffectiveness because filing a brief advancing an unpreserved issue was functionally equivalent to filing no brief at all. Judgment of sentence vacated, case remanded.
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