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


By Burt Rose

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In Com v. Ricker, 2015 WL 4381095, 2015 PA Super 153, July 17, 2015 (NO. 1693 MDA 2014), a Panel of the Superior Court ruled that a defendant can be held over for trial at a preliminary hearing where the prosecution relied only on hearsay testimony to prove the elements of the crimes. Furthermore, there is no federal constitutional right to confrontation of witnesses at a preliminary hearing.


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