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PACDL Files Amicus Brief in Commonwealth v. Parrish


On March 11, PACDL filed an amicus brief arguing that Rule 1925(b) that requires a finding of waiver where a timely, but flawed, 1925(b) statement is filed, is harsh and unnecessary for full appellate review of otherwise preserved issues. The brief also argued that appellate counsel's filing of a "vague rule 1925(b) statement that fails to specify any particular claim" constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel per se. Finally, the brief suggests that an appellant whose counsel has filed a statement that preserves no issues for appeal must receive nunc pro tunc reinstatement of all appellate rights. Thank you to Ellen Brotman, the main drafter of the brief and other members of PACDL's Amicus Committee for their input.

PACDL Opposes Marsy's Law

PACDL voiced its opposition to Senate Bill 149 and House Bill 276 (commonly known as Marsy's Law) which propose to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish a crime victims' bill of rights.  PACDL argued that these bills suffer from substantial defects which undermine defendants' fundamental due process and constitutional rights including the right to a presumption of innocence, the right to a fair and impartial trial, and right to confront witnesses and evidence against him/her.  PACDL's opposition letter can be found here.