Major Cases

Attorney Bernard J. Brown

High profile cases:

  1. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Hugo Selenski (Most Notorious Criminal in Northeastern Pennsylvania, with 5-dead bodies in backyard - Sentenced to Life in Prison avoiding the Death Penalty, Guilty at Trial of 1st Degree Murder- as an Accomplice)
  2. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Tristan Kurilla (10-year old boy charged as an Adult with Murder of an elderly woman in his home -Certified to Juvenile Court for Disposition)
  3. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Jason Dominick (23-year man charged with the Murder of Frank Bonnacci - Found Not Guilty at Trial of 1st Degree Murder)
  4. Commonwealth vs. Jeffrey Paulish (Diocese of Scranton Priest charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault, Indecent Assault, Corruption of Minors- plead Guilty Corruption of Minors- served minimum sentence of 6-months)
  5. Commonwealth vs. James Romano (Chief of Police Scott Township charged with Witness Tampering, Official Oppression, for sleeping with a Witness - plead No Contest to the charge Hindering Prosecution, sentenced 6-months non-reporting probation)
  6. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Michael Simonson (stomped another inmate while incarcerated and escaped from the same Prison - Found Not Guilty at Trial of Attempted 1st Degree Murder)
  7. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Chester Chilewski (Acquitted at Trial on charges - Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Assault)
  8. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Jason Warner (Acquitted at Trial on charges - Rape of a Child, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Indecent Assault, Corruption of Minors)
  9. Commonwealth vs. Wandaly Perez-Hood (Sentenced to Life in Prison avoiding the Death Penalty, Guilty at Trial of 1st Degree Murder of 4-year old child Isaiah Hood)
  10. Commonwealth vs. Ryan Harding (plead Guilty 3RD Degree Murder for shooting Rashaun Crowder on Cinco De Mayo at Lackawanna College)
  11. Commonwealth vs. Eric Gower (Truck Driver hit local Atrium Bridge closing traffic into the City of Scranton charged with Felony: Risking a Catastrophe, plead to Misdemeanor Reckless Endangering Another Person and received a Supervisory Sentence)
  12. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Judith Marc (charged with First Degree Murder of 92-year old man in her care at her residence- awaiting Trial)
  13. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Tiffany Timko (charged with Vehicular Homicide and leaving the scene of the accident under Kevin's Law- pending preliminary hearing July 8, 2015)
  14. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Dr. Stephanie Tarapchak (charged with Drug
    Delivery Resulting in Death, Illegal Medical Practice, Delivery Outside the Scope
    of Medical Practice, Medicaid/Medicare Insurance Fraud, Fraudulent Business
    Practices, Corrupt Organizations- as a Doctor in Ashland, PA - result in a split
    verdict for the doctor and one of the major felony charges, "Contraband" (F2) -
    BEING DISMISSED prior to deliberation on the case)
  15. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Tanner Curtis: (a juvenile (16 years old) charged
    with 2nd Degree Murder of a Scranton Police Officer during active duty), currently
    awaiting the Decertification Hearing to determine whether the case proceeds in
    Adult Court or returns to the Juvenile System for adjudication.