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Reported decisions in which Professor Ashcroft has served as lead trial counsel and/or co-counsel include:

  • Commonwealth vs. Granese.
    First Degree Murder Conviction (December 30, 2005)
    Three-week jury trial, in which I presented wholly circumstantial evidence that the defendant had killed his wife of 34 years, and the jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict of First Degree Murder.
    Montgomery County District Attorney's Commendation (January 6, 2006)
    I received a commendation for exemplary performance in the investigation and prosecution of Charles Angelo Granese for the murder of his wife.
  • Commonwealth vs. Gerald Bendig, Jr.
    Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Conviction (May 2008)
    I prosecuted this pedophile, known in Bucks County as the "Rolls Royce" of sex offenders. The defense filed numerous pre-trial motions alleging "taint" and moved to keep the child witness (a 10- year-old boy from an Immigrant family) from testifying. Additionally, the defense moved to seal the defendant's prior record. The court allowed the child witness to testify but barred me from bringing in the defendant's prior three child-rape convictions. During the three day trial, the defense highlighted the Commonwealth's absence of corroborating physical or forensic evidence. Meanwhile, an interpreter was used to translate the 10-year old boy and his father's testimony. After forty minutes, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict and the defendant (now a convicted third strike child sex offender) was sentenced to life in prison.
  • Commonwealth vs. McKannan.
    Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Conviction (September 4, 2007)
    Technology and dogged diligence by the Upper Merion police resulted in this conviction. The rape occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. on August 30, 1998, but the woman could not identify her attacker because he blindfolded her before he raped her. Additionally, the State Police Lab did not initially recover DNA on the victim's clothing. By 2003, Upper Merion police resubmitted the items from this cold case to a new forensic scientist and DNA was recovered. A computerized match was made via CODIS and the DNA evidence resulted in a conviction after a three day trial.
  • Commonwealth vs. Frederick.
    Third Degree Murder Conviction (July 29, 2005)
    I prosecuted case with District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr., before the Honorable William T.Nicholas, defendant convicted on July 29, 2005.
  • Commonwealth vs. McBurrows.
    Third Degree Murder Conviction (August 27, 2004)
    Eight-day trial prosecuted with Deputy District Attorney Maloney, during which I presented evidence and testimony to support that the defendant had beaten and killed a four-year-old child and abused several other children.
  • Commonwealth vs. Wireman.
    (Two) First Degree Murder Convictions(October 20, 2003)
    I prosecuted case with District Attorney Bruce L. Castor before the Honorable Paul W. Tressler, defendant convicted on October 20, 2003.
  • Commonwealth v. Wallace.
    Rape Conviction (January 24, 2004)
    Case involving a knifepoint rape of a teenage girl.
  • Commonwealth vs. Oliphant.
    Rape Conviction(April 3, 2003)
    Four-day trial involving the brutal rape of a young woman in Upper Dublin.
  • Commonwealth v. Wardlaw.
    Rape Conviction(May 6, 2003)
    Case involving the rape of a disabled blind girl.
  • Commonwealth v. Penn.
    Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Conviction(December 9, 2003)
    One-week jury trial, involving nine burglaries that impacted four counties and numerous victims, in which the defendant was found guilty of all nine burglaries.
    Montgomery County Police Department Commendation (December 10, 2003)
    I received a commendation from Montgomery County Police Chief for exemplary performance in the investigation and prosecution of a career burglar, which cited an outstanding opening statement to the jury, and a well organized trial presentation followed by a masterful closing.
  • Commonwealth v. Phillips.
    Assault Conviction(April 22, 2005)
    Three-day jury trial involving an assault of a prostitute.

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