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Commonwealth v. Christine

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

February 25, 2014

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, Respondent
v.
JACOB MATTHEW CHRISTINE, Petitioner

Editorial Note:

This decision has been designated as "Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disposition of Petitions for Allowance of Appeal." table in the Atlantic Reporter

OPINION

PER CURIAM

ORDER

AND NOW, this 25th day of February, 2014, the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is GRANTED. The issues are:

(1) Is a conviction for assault, which occurs subsequent to the incident at issue in a criminal trial, admissible to prove the allegedly violent propensities of the victim, where self-defense is asserted and where there is an issue raised as to who was the aggressor?
(2) Did the [t]rial [c]ourt commit error of law or abuse its discretion when it permitted the Commonwealth to admit a " shank" as physical evidence, as well as testimony regarding said shank, in the course of the jury trial in the instant matter?

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