A 22-year-old Philadelphia man, Michael White, was convicted in October 2019 of tampering with evidence for tossing the knife used in the 2018 stabbing death of real estate developer Sean Schellenger, but was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter.
White’s defense attorneys wanted to prohibit the victim’s family from reading victim impact statements in court, but prosecutors were fighting to allow the family to speak.
Former Montgomery County prosecutor-turned-civil attorney Brian Kent told KYW reporter Kristen Johanson that Pennsylvania law gives crime victims the right to speak in court, but there is an argument to be made based on White’s conviction. Kent, who is not involved in the White case, is an advocate for sexual assault victims.
Listen to and read the KYW Newsradio interview with Kent here.