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By Burt Rose

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In Com. v. McNeal, 2015 WL 4366488, 2015 PA Super 150, July 16, 2015 (NO. 1771 EDA 2013, 1775 EDA 2013), a Panel of the Superior Court composed of Judges Wecht, Lazarus and Panella reversed a violation of probation sentence issued by Judge Chris Wogan. Using very critical language, Judge Wecht wrote that Judge Wogan had committed multiple errors and transgressions in this case, particularly in that he had considered information that was not in the recored in deciding if the defendant had committed an act of criminal mischief. Also, Judge Wogan had improperly participated in the plea negotiation process in this case and had taken the VOP case away from the docket of Judge Trent. The case was remanded but without a recusal directive.

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