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By costopoulos21214723, Aug 2 2018 04:02PM

In an opinion and order filed on April 10, 2018, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Judge William T. Tully granted the suppression motion of Brandy Hernandez, who had been charged with possession with intent to deliver drugs, illegal possession of a firearm and drug paraphernalia. The charges stemmed from a dog-fighting investigation undertaken by Harrisburg city police in which her private one-room apartment in a boarding/rooming house was searched without a warrant. Judge Tully, after a suppression hearing and considering judicial precedent, concluded that the police lacked probable cause to conduct a warrantless search of the Defendant’s room. The District Attorney’s Office did not appeal this decision and the charges were subsequently dismissed. Congratulations to the law firm’s George Matangos, Esquire, who represented her. A copy of Judge Tully’s ruling is available on the link below and his photo is included:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uHv5CAAHXsL09tsAmPdcxObAlO5ysNHK/view

By costopoulos21214723, Jul 30 2018 07:07PM

On July 17, 2018, U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Mihalchick, upon considering Ronald Harshman's habeas corpus petition, has recommended that his Franklin County, PA first-degree murder conviction and life sentence be vacated and he be granted a new trial. She concluded that the District Attorney's Office failed to disclose evidence of a secret "deal" granted to its main jailhouse informant who testified at trial that Mr. Harshman essentially confessed the murder to him in the county prison. The Brady Doctrine, enunciated by the U.S. Supreme Court, requires the prosecution to disclose such favorable treatment to the defense before trial in order that the jury may consider it in weighing the witness's testimony against the defendant. The District Attorney's Office is anticipated to challenge this ruling before U.S. Chief Judge Christopher Conner, who will make the final decision. Congrats to Attorney Dave Foster on this result! Here is a link to Magistrate Judge Mihalchick's report and recommendation:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11IkM0TldmE4ULVyq9So2I2eEy3pLvstj/view?usp=sharing

And this is a link to the Chambersburg Public Opinion newspaper's story on this development:

https://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/2018/07/18/federal-judge-franklin-county-should-retry-ronald-harshman-1985-murder-melvin-snyder/795579002/

By guest, Jul 23 2018 04:33PM

Welcome to the new blog of the law firm of Costopoulos, Foster & Fields! Here we will periodically post updates on the firm's activities, ongoing cases and other developments. Feel free to comment or respond (no politics or controversies, please). Also, if you have any questions about the postings, the firm, its lawyers and areas of practice, please contact us through the blog and we'll do our best to answer. We will make our first official post soon -- stay tuned! Nick Ressetar.

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