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defense attorney to compel that evidence and
combat the Commonwealth's ability to present
solely hearsay testimony at a preliminary
hearing. Remember that the road to a successful
representation at a preliminary hearing starts
with the affidavit of probable cause and an
identification of witnesses needed to negate
the Commonwealth's prima facie case. Use the
expertise of a private investigator to help you
locate witnesses and serve them with subpoenas.
Identify documents or other items needed
and subpoena the custodians appropriately.
Compelling your witnesses to be present at the
preliminary hearing is a must. Always prepare to
argue against the Commonwealth's objections
to your subpoenas and those you are compelling
to testify. Unless or until Ricker is overturned or
the Rules of Criminal Procedure are changed,
subpoenaing witnesses is necessary to ensure
we confront our client's accusers, build a
record and negate the prima facie case of the
Commonwealth.
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1. Commonwealth v. Ricker, 120 A.3d 349 (Pa. Super. Ct.
2015), appeal granted, 135 A.3d 175 (Pa. 2016), and
appeal dismissed as improvidently granted sub nom.
Commonwealth v. Ricker, 170 A.3d 494 (Pa. 2017).
2. The issue on appeal involved the confrontation clause
argument and not an argument that Ricker had been
denied the constitutional due process right to confront
witnesses.
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3. Commonwealth v. Ricker, 120 A.3d 349 (Pa. Super. Ct. 	
		2015), appeal granted, 135 A.3d 175 (Pa. 2016), and
		
appeal dismissed as improvidently granted sub nom.
		
Commonwealth v. Ricker, 170 A.3d 494 (Pa. 2017).
4. Commonwealth. v. Ricker, 135 A.3d 175 (Pa. 2016).
5. Commonwealth v. Ricker, 170 A.3d 494 (Pa. 2017).
6. See Commonwealth v. Dolan, 167 A.3d 46 (Pa. Super. Ct.
2017); Commonwealth v. McClelland, 165 A.3d 19 (Pa.
Super. Ct. 2017).
7. Pa.R.Crim.P. 545(a) (emphasis added).
8. Commonwealth v. Mejia-Arias, 734 A.2d 870 (Pa. Super.
Ct. 1999).
9. Commonwealth v. Rashed, 436 A.2d 134 (Pa. 1981).
10. Pa.R.Crim.P. 542 Comment; see also, Commonwealth v.
Mullen, 333 A.2d 755, 756 (Pa. 1975).
11. Commonwealth v. Heichel, 11 Pa. D & C 5th 69 (2010),
citing, Commonwealth v. Mullen, 333 A.2d 755, 757
		(Pa. 1975) (citation omitted, emphasis added).
12. Commonwealth v. Wilson, 44 A.2d 520 (Pa. Super. Ct.	
1945).
13. Commonwealth v. Tyler, 587 A.2d 326 (Pa. Super. Ct.
1991).
14. Commonwealth v. Wilson, 44 A.2d 520 (Pa. Super. Ct.
1945).
15. Pa.R.Crim.P.107 Comment; see also, Commonwealth v.
Mejia-Arias, 734 A.2d 870 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1999).
16. Id.
17. Commonwealth v. McElroy, 665 A.2d 813, 818 (Pa.
		Super. Ct. 1995).
18. Pa.R.Crim.P.107.
19. In re January, 1974 Special Grand Jury, 357 A.2d 628 (Pa.
Super. Ct. 1976).

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About the Author
Attorney Jason J. Mattioli is a partner at Minora, Minora, Colbassani, Krowiak,
Mattioli and Munley located in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. He
received his B.S in political science from King's College in 1997 and his J.D. in 2001
from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was admitted by both the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court and United States District Court for the Middle District of
Pennsylvania in 2002. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the
Lackawanna County Bar Association, The National Trial Lawyers Association, the
Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers.

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