A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

By Burt Rose

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has granted a Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Superior Court in the matter of COMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania v. Patrick John GEHRIS, Petitioner, 2011 WL 291855 No. 194 WAL 2010 (Jan. 31, 2011). The Order reads as follows:

AND NOW, this 31st day of January, 2011, the Petition for Leave to File Supplemental Information to Correct Typographical Error and the Petition for Allowance of Appeal are GRANTED. The issue, rephrased for clarity, is:

Does the lifetime registration requirement under 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 9795.1(b)(1) apply to those who plead guilty to two or more listed offenses when those offenses arise out of one, non-violent criminal episode?

Note that the Superior Court’s decision, reported at Com. v. Gehris, 996 A.2d 541 (Pa.Super. Mar 26, 2010) (Table, NO. 1960 WDA 2008), was only a memorandum.


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