The history of a criminal case as best as possible with public documention, without any particular method for presentation.
Last updated 2016-12-20.
For persons less familiar with PA law and the PA judicial system, please see these notes.
The most recent documents are below, related to Hobson's current detainment in the Centre County Correctional Facility.
Hobson's alleged probation violation 8/12/2016
Original Papers related to Hobsons arrest, filed on 8/19/2016
Order requiring appearance, filed on 8/19/2016
Information filed, 9/08/2016
Hobson's Lawyer Withdraws his appearance 9/29/2016
Withdrawal of appearance granted, 9/29/2016
New lawyer files notice of entry of appearance, 9/30/2016
Hobson Submits Criminal Complaint against Former Sheriff Nau, 9/25/2016
Hobson Inquires to DA about lack of prosecution of above complaint, 10/28/2016
Trial in Butler County, PA, for "disorderly conduct" charge.
Sentencing Proceedings Transcript, Butler County, 5/28/2015
Summary Proceedings Transcript Morning Session, 3/18/2015
Summary Proceedings Transcript Afternoon Session, 3/18/2015
The following items refer to Hobson's previous court cases, which have not been fully updated and uploaded yet.
Beginning prosecution of 2008-04-06 charges: (Dockets: MDJ - DC MDJ - H MDJ - PD CCP - PD)
Citations alleging violations of Harassment (18 Pa.C.S.
2709(a)(1)), Disorderly Conduct (18 Pa.C.S. 5503(a)(1)), and Public
Drunkenness (18 Pa.C.S. 5505) - 2008-04-06
Supposed LTCF revocation notice (CURRENTLY OFFLINE) issued by sheriff (record copied from a Commonwealth motion in limine) - c. 2008-04-16
LTCF revocation notice to PSP (CURRENTLY OFFLINE) pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. 6109(i) (record copied from a Commonwealth motion in limine) - c. 2008-04-16
SEE "Beginning prosection of 2008-09-02 charges" FOR GUN CASE
Summary trial disposition dismissing Disorderly Conduct, finding not guilty Harassment, and finding guilty Public Drunkenness - 2008-11-03
Summary appeal disposition finding not guilty Public Drunkenness - 2009-05-29
STATUS OF CASE (2009-05-29): DEFENDANT EXONERATED -- ALL CHARGES DISMISSED OR FOUND NOT GUILTY.
Beginning prosecution of 2008-09-02 charges: (Dockets: MDJ CCP Superior-4MDM2010)
Criminal complaint alleging violations of 18 Pa.C.S. 6106 and 18 Pa.C.S. 913 - 2008-09-02
Preliminary arraignment order setting bail at 10k straight - c. 2008-09-02
Preliminary hearing transcript (CURRENTLY OFFLINE), binding over defendant and changing bail to ban him from guns - 2008-09-10
Modified bail conditions and bond: 10k straight, ban from possession of firearms, and surrender - 2008-09-10
Order to sheriff to execute bail condition - 2008-09-10
SEE "Beginning prosecution of 2008-09-10 charges" FOR DRUG CASE
Formal information alleging 18 Pa.C.S. 913, 6106(a)(1), and 6106(a)(2) offenses - 2008-09-1?
Pre-trial discovery documents, video
Omnibus pre-trial motion for relief seeking prelim. hearing remand, and habeas 2008-1?-??
Brief in support of preliminary hearing remand by defendant - ?
Brief against preliminary hearing remand by DA - ?
Opinion denying preliminary hearing remand - ?
Defense proposed jury chage - 2009-09-16
Commonwealth proposed jury chage - 2009-09-22
Pre-hearing brief in support of Habeas - 2009-09-17
Pre-hearing brief against Habeas - 2009-09-24
Motion in limine filed by DA to prevent evidence of NH permit from going to jury - 2009-09-15
Transcript for Habeas and
Limine motions hearing - 2009-09-28
Order granting motion in limine - 2009-09-28
Post-hearing brief in support of Habeas - 2009-10-02
Post-hearing brief against Habeas - 2009-10-08
Opinion denying habeas - 2009-10-21
Motion for return of property i.e. everything gov't has that isn't evidence, contraband, or contrary to bail - 2009-11-13
Motion to modify bail by defendant, to do away with firearms ban - 2009-11-13 (Original bail motion draft to aid in transcript review)
Motion to amend order of habeas denial to fix wording required so that Superior court can take interlocutory appeal on habeas - 2009-11-13
Transcript for motions to amend order, bail reduction, and return of property hearings - 2009-12-17
Order denying return of property because the judge refused to return the property 'for the defendant's safety' - 2009-12-17
Order denying modification of bail judge 'didn't want to', refused oral arguments - 2009-12-17
Order granting amended order of habeas denial - 2009-12-17
Orders for abovementioned 12/17 motions hearings - 2009-12-17
Motion for reconsideration of motion to modify bail - ?
Order denying motion for reconsideration - ?
SEE "Beginning collateral attack of 2009-12-17 bail modification denial" FOR GUN CASE BAIL ISSUE
Order denying petition for permission to appeal interlocutory order - denied without explanation by the Superior Court - 2010-03-11
Defense motion for recusal - 2010-06-23
Order granting recusal - Blair county judge selected - 2010-06-23
Motion to Declare Statutes Unconstitutional - to find 18 Pa.C.S. 6106 and 913 facially void in part or whole, among other arguments raised - 2010-07-08
Motion to Suppress - rides alongside an as-applied argument against § 913 - 2010-09-08
Defense brief in support - explores both 2A and Pa. Const. art. I, § 1, 21, 25; briefs both declaration and suppression motion - 2010-09-24
Commonwealth brief in opposition - claims intermediate scruitny on 2A and responds to Pa. Const. in one paragraph - 2010-10-17
Commonwealth motion to quash suppression motion - calls defendant a vexatious litigator - 2010-10-25
Defense response to motion to quash suppression - 2010-10-29
Defense brief in reply to Commonwealth's brief in oppositition to constitutional challenge - 2010-11-29
Opinion on Constitutional Challenge Motion - 2011-03-18
Trial Transcript - 6/2/2011
Sentencing Transcript - 9/1/2011
Beginning prosecution of 2008-09-10 charges: (Dockets: MDJ CCP Superior-1739MDA2009)
Supposed 'court order' to sheriff to take firearms - 2008-09-10
Search warrant for drugs and paraphernalia - 2008-09-10
Criminal complaint alleging violations of 35 Pa.C.S. 780-113(a)(31)(i) and 35 Pa.C.S. 780-113(a)(32) - 2008-09-02
Preliminary arraignment order setting bail at 250k straight - 2008-09-10
Prelim. hearing waived; bail motion denied transcript asking for supervised bail as approved - 2008-09-17
Formal information alleging 35 Pa.C.S. 350-112.1(a)(31)(i) and 350-112.1(a)(32) offenses - ?
Pre-trial discovery documents
More pre-trial discovery documents, supplemental
Motion to modify bail by defendant, currently incarcerated - 2008-09-22
Bail motion hearing transcript - 2008-10-02
Bail modification granted as reduction to 10k unsecured, 'intensive supervised bail', addition of no guns condition - 2008-10-02
Omnibus motion for pre-trial relief to have a suppression hearing and quash the warrant
Suppression hearing transcript - 2009-01-09
Brief in support of suppression and quash of warrant
Brief against suppression and quash of warrant by DA - ?
Opinin denying suppression and quashing suggesting that bail is consent and exigency trumps the 4A
Order dismissing count 1 of the information which really should have been a nolle pros or withdrawl
Motion to amend omnibus order to add wording allowing the Superior court to take an interlocutory appeal on suppression and quashing
Order denying motion to amend omnibus order
Non-jury trial transcript - 2009-08-20
Sentencing, bail motion transcript - 2009-09-17
Sentencing, bail order
at 6mo. probation + 25$ fine including 1450$ in court cost; supervised
bail and no guns clause removed; execution of sentence stayed pending
Defense post-sentence motion to preserve issues
Notice of appeal to Superior court by defendant - 2009-10-02
Order directing 1925 filing - 2009-10-06
Notice of matters complained of by defendant, Pa.R.A.P. 1925(a) concise statement of issues to be litigated - 2009-11-21
1925(b) opinion by trial court responding to defendant, to aid Superior court review - 2009-11-06
Enummerated docket by appellate court - 2009-12-03
Defense appellate brief - 2010-02-11
Reproduced Record Table of Content, because there are references in the briefs to this record, which is made up of documents previously posted - 2010-02-11
Commonwealth appellate brief - 2010-04-14
Defense brief in reply - 2010-05-12
Order reversing and remanding - per curiam, stating suppression shouldn't have been denied - 2010-10-07
Record Remitted by Superior Court - 2010-11-15
Record Received by Court of Common Pleas - 2010-11-18
STATUS OF CASE (2010-12-02): ALTHOUGH DOCKET STATES IT IS CLOSED AND CASE IS COMPLETED, A NOLLE PROS OF REMAINING CHARGE IS AWAITED
Nolle Pros for above - 2011-03-24
Beginning collateral attack of 2009-12-17 bail modification denial: (Dockets: Superior-28MDM2010)
Petition for Review of Bail - 2010-04-01
Commonwealth letter in lieu of Answer - just making sure we know they don't agree - 2010-04-15
Order denying Petition for Review of Bail - if the commonwealth doesn't concur, there's no reason to bother addressing merits - 2010-05-19
STATUS OF CASE (2010-07-15): BAIL APPEAL ABANDONED
Notes on the system, and some of the abbrevations contained above:
MDJ - Magisterial District Judge, lowest level judge, handles bail and preliminary hearings
CCP - Court of Common Pleas, where trial court judges reside
Superior - Superior Court, first stage criminal appellate court, below PA Supreme Court
MDA - Docket type for standard appeal
MDM - Docket type for miscellaneous filings, including allowance for interlocutory appeal, and petition for review of collateral issue such as bail
Pa.C.S. - Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, much but not all penal law is found here; citation includes preceding Title, and following section of statute, generally
The shortest course to conviction is approximately and generally as follows:
Arrest and/or criminal complaint on probable cause
Preliminary arraignment, notifying defendant of charges, bail, right to counsel
Preliminary hearing, to find a prima facie case against defendant
Filing of information by prosecution and subsequent formal arraignment (indictment has mostly disappeared from the PA court system)
Trial, by jury or bench (the type first depending on the max jail sentence if convicted, and then at the behest of the parties)
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