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Amicus Matters

Barbara Zemlock

It is not said enough-Thank you.
We would like to thank the individuals, their
firms and their organizations who have given
their significant time and talent to draft Amicus
Briefs on behalf PACDL, as well as co-Amici, on
the several important and precedent-setting
issues that are before the courts. Obviously, these
briefs do not write themselves. Without the
dedication and efforts of those attorneys who
volunteer their time to write on these important
issues, PACDL's voice will not be heard.
I also want to thank the Amicus Committee.
Those who serve on the Amicus Committee take
time to review requests for Amicus participation;
brainstorm on arguments; vet the issues; and
frequently draft, or assist in drafting, the briefs.
Again, without the service of those individuals
who volunteer their time to serve on the Amicus
Committee, PACDL's Platform and mission cannot
be fully advanced.

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Recently Decided Cases in which
PACDL Submitted an Amicus
Commonwealth v. Braddock: 201 A.3d 735
(Pa. 2019); Amicus filed March 15, 2018, case
decided February 20, 2019.
In a Per Curiam Order, the Supreme Court
affirmed the Superior Court's decision to
vacate the judgment of sentence and remand
for resentencing on appellant's conviction for
driving under the influence of alcohol. The
Court's Per Curiam affirmance was based on
its decision in Commonwealth v. Monarch,
200 A.3d 51 (Pa. 2019). In Monarch, the Court
observed that former ยง3804(c)(3)(i) of 75 Pa.C.S.
authorized additional penalties based on the
refusal to submit to a warrantless blood test.
The Court stated that, under Birchfield v. North
Dakota, 136 S.Ct. 2160 (2016), "...it is clear
the enhanced mandatory minimum sentences



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