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Commonwealth v. Stenhach

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
514 A.2d 114 (1987)


Part-time public defenders George and Walter Stenhach (defendants) were appointed to represent Richard Buchanan who was accused of first-degree murder. At Buchanan’s direction, the Stenhachs’ investigator retrieved the stock of a rifle that was used in the killing but did not inform the prosecution they had it until Buchanan’s trial. After Buchanan was found guilty of third-degree murder, the Stenhachs were charged with hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, criminal conspiracy, and criminal solicitation. A jury found both Stenhachs guilty of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, found George guilty of criminal solicitation and Walter guilty of conspiracy. The Stenhachs appealed their convictions.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Hester, J.)

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