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Amicus Matters

Barbara Zemlock

Cases Decided Between September,
2017 and December 7, 2017 in which
PACDL Submitted an Amicus
Commw. v. Ward-Green:
Per Curiam Order: December 7, 2017
Nature of the case: This case raised issues
arising under the PCRA. Claims of "shifted
science" are usually presented under the
"newly discovered facts" exception to the
PCRA. Even though changes in science may
occur, it takes time to assess the impact that
such changes may have on a case and obtain
the needed support for the presentation
of such a claim. This case involved the
interplay of cases based on "shifted science"
and the 60-day period set forth in the PCRA
for the presentation of "newly discovered
evidence."

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Allocatur grant: "(1) Whether the
exception to the timeliness requirement of
the PCRA for after-discovered facts requires
the petitioner to file her PCRA Petition
before verifying unknown, but suspected,
facts through expert analysis.
(2) Whether the Court of Common Pleas'
determination of the deadline to file a PCRA
petition for after-discovered evidence is
entitled to deference by the Superior Court."
Status: Dismissed via Per Curiam Order
on December 7, 2017 as having been
improvidently granted.
Amicus Authors: Marc J. Sonnenfeld and
A. Lauren Carpenter, of Morgan, Lewis &
Bockius, LLP



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