Court of Common Pleas
26th Judicial District

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35 West Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

 

 

CRIMINAL OPINIONS

APPEAL FROM MURDER CONVICTION
Defendant was convicted of Murder, appeal from that conviction
Commonwealth v. Jose Perez
993 of 2000 Columbia County
Opinion Date: February 28, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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ARD
Appeal of Denial of ARD Application
Commonwealth of PA v. Crisman
185 of 2001 Columbia County
January 15, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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ARREST
Warrantless Arrest; Underage Drinking 16 Pa. C.S.A. § 6308(a)
Commonwealth v. Lambros
No. 1051-99 
Opinion date: May 1, 2000
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Investigative Detention
Com v Kemp

257 CR 2000 Montour County
Opinion date: February 20, 2001
Judge Naus
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Arrest without warrant in the home
Commonwealth v. Timothy L. Hess
302 of 2000
Opinion date: May 16, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE
Aggravated assault with vehicle while DUI and
Recklessly endangering
Commonwealth v. Robert B. Jacoby, Jr. 
CR 2000-788
Opinion date: September 21, 2001 
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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DOUBLE JEOPARDY
Double Jeopardy and Due Process
Commonwealth v. Ronald Whelan
339 of 1997
Opinion Date: August 22, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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DUI - ACTUAL
Commonwealth v. Hummer  
No. 136-2000 Montour County 
Opinion Date: September 28, 2000
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DUI - APPEAL Non jury trial issue whether police had reasonable suspicion to approach defendant and probable cause to arrest him.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Harry S. Fisher

984 of 2003 Columbia County
Opinion Date: May 16, 2005
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr. 
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DUI
Motion for Habeas Corpus
Commonwealth v. James M. Bannon
31 of 2002 Columbia County
Opinion Date: February 11, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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Commonwealth could not establish when the incident occurred.  Motion to Suppress granted.
Commonwealth v. James Fritz
875 of 2002
Opinion Date: July 7, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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DUI - STOP
Commonwealth v. Drulis
No. 185 CR 2000 MONTOUR
Opinion Date: February 1, 2001 
Judge Scott W. Naus
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EVASION OF ADVERTISING REQUIREMENTS
Commonwealth v. Joseph Harvey
1013 of 2000 Columbia County
Commonwealth v. Kenneth Martz
1014 of 2000 Columbia County
September 12, 2002
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
ORDER
OPINION

FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS; INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER
Commonwealth v. David S. Klimowicz, Jr.
331 of 2001
Opinion date: December 11, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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HABEAS CORPUS
Defendant's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
Commonwealth of PA v. Bradley Kelly
357 of 2000 Columbia County
Opinion dated: February 28, 2001
Judge James
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PETS
Keeping certain animals or reptiles as household pets
Commonwealth v. Todd Fisher
774 of 2001 Columbia County
June 20, 2002
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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PRIMA FACIE
Minimum requirements of culpability/prima facie case
Commonwealth v. James Michael Bannon, IV
CR 917-00
Opinion Date: May 8, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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(1) Prima Facia case-criminal conspiracy to deliver drugs; (2) "Counterfeit" controlled substances v. non-controlled substances
Commonwealth v. Charles M. Umstead
501 of 2002 Columbia County
Opinion Date: April 29, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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PROBATION AND PAROLE
Probation & Parole; Search and Seizure, Reasonable Suspicion
Commonwealth v. Jayson McNulty
220 of 2002 Columbia County
Opinion Date: March 17, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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REVOKE ARD/PAROLE/PROBATION
Commonwealth v Candy Jo Boccardo
 
No. 1999 CR 421 
Opinion date: January 23, 2001 
Judge Scott W. Naus
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Commonwealth v. Louise Retallack 
No. 602 of 1999 CR 
Opinion date: January 23, 2001
Judge Scott W. Naus
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RULE 600 (formerly Rule 1100)

Commonwealth v. Eric John Wagner, a/k/a Elijah Watson
765 of 2000 Columbia County
Opinion Date: April 25, 2002
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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Commonwealth v. Gregory York Swan
469 and 472 of 2000
Opinion date: May 15, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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Commonwealth v. Headly
294 CR 2001
COLUMBIA
Opinion Date: November 21, 2001
Judge Naus
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Commonwealth of PA v. Charles Moser Umstead
346 of 2002
Opinion Date: June 9, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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Commonwealth v. Kenneth Lynn
338 of 2002
August 28, 2003
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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SEARCH & SEIZURE
"Pat-Down" of Defendant for Weapons at Sobriety Checkpoint
Commonwealth v. Siracuse
No. 185-99 
Opinion Date: March 29, 2000
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Contraband Discovered During Inspection by Landlord and Police Officer Consented to by Co-tenant of Defendant
Commonwealth V. Yeick
No. 863-98 
Opinion Date: February 18, 2000
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Search Warrant Based upon Controlled Buys by CPI and Police Surveillance of Defendant's Residence
Commonwealth v. Williams
No. 832-99
Opinion Date:  February 18, 2000
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SEARCH WARRANTS
Evidence seized at a Multi-address Dwelling
Commonwealth of PA v. Bradley Kelly
356 of 2000
Decision Date: February 21, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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SENTENCING
Credit for Time Served 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 9760(4).
Commonwealth. v. Shoffler
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SUPPRESSION
Untimely suppression motion/interest of justice
Commonwealth v. James Yodock
CR 845-00
Opinion Date: May 3, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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Suppression-confessions-voluntary
Commonwealth v. Steven Franklin Morden
754 of 2000 Columbia County
Opinion Date: May 14, 2002
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr.
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Post-polygraph Waiver
Commonwealth v.

TRANSPORT

Transporting foodstuffs in vehicles used to transport waste
Commonwealth v. Krause Trucking, Inc
246 of 2002 Columbia County
Opinion Date: September 18, 2002
Judge Thomas A. James, Jr
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TRAFFIC

ACTUAL NOTICE OF SUSPENSION
Commonwealth. v. Wray
No. 90-00 
Opinion Date: April 24, 2000
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SPEEDING

Summary Appeal
Commonwealth of PA v. Ray A. Yorks, II
263 of 2000 Montour County
Opinion date: February 15, 2001
Judge Thomas A. James Jr.
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UNDER AGE DRINKING
Prima Facie Case
Commonwealth V. Casey Carruthers
No. 690 of 1999
Opinion Date:  September 6, 2000
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