Hill v. State (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
Appellant Jessie Hill was convicted of capital murder. Appellant subsequently filed a motion to vacate judgment under Act 1780, seeking a hearing to establish a scientific predicate for a new trial, the production of a report for the results of latent-fingerprint analysis that Appellant alleged the State performed on a marble rolling pin, and additional testing of evidence from his trial. The trial court denied the motion, and Appellant appealed. Before the Supreme Court were Appellant's motion to compel, requesting that the Supreme Court order production of the same latent-print report, and petition for writ of mandamus to the state attorney general to enforce the order that he sought in his motion. The Court dismissed the appeal and declared the motion and petition moot, holding that Appellant's petition was properly dismissed, as his motion for relief did not establish that he was entitled to seek relief under Act 1780 or that the trial court could assume jurisdiction.