Criminal Defense Firm Serving Northeastern And Central Pennsylvania
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Criminal Defense Firm Serving Northeastern And Central Pennsylvania
Miele & Rymsza, P.C.
Excellence In Criminal Defense

Edward J. Rymsza

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  • Partner




Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law; Trials and Appeals
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Post- Conviction Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania


  • City University of New York School of Law at Queens College, Flushing, New York
    • J.D.
  • York College, York, Pennsylvania
    • B.A.

Representative Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Sherwood, No. 342-CR-2005 (Northumberland Cnty. Com. Pl. 2021) (death sentence vacated after PCRA relief granted)
  • Commonwealth v. Heck, No. 1509-CR-2018 (Lycoming Cnty. Com. Pl. 2021) (motion to suppress confession granted in capital murder case; capital designation withdrawn)
  • United States v. Stanko, 4:20-CR-106 (M.D. Pa. 2021) (motion to suppress granted in firearm case; indictment dismissed)
  • United States v. D’Ambrosio, No. 1:15-CR-3 (M.D. Pa. 2020) (post-trial motion granted vacating top count and ordering new trial)
  • United States v. Gallardo, No. 1:14-CR-221 (M.D. Pa. 2018) (2255 relief granted vacating conviction and 97 month sentence)
  • United States v. Johnson, No. 1:14-CR-243 2016 (M.D. Pa. 2016) (district court sustaining objection to application of ACCA based upon state recidivist enhancement for drug offenses)
  • Commonwealth v. Jett , No. 518-CR-2015 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2016) (court granting motion to suppress drugs seized from home; case dismissed)
  • United States v. Watson, No. 1:00-CR-119 (M.D. Pa. 2015) (2255 relief granted, thirty-year sentence vacated and resentenced to time-served)
  • Commonwealth v. Selenski , No. 2700-CR-2006 (Luzerne County 2015) (double capital murder case unanimous life verdict)
  • United States v. Brown , No. 1:07-CR-251 (M.D. Pa. 2014) (2255 granted; sentence vacated resulting in subsequent sentence reduction)
  • Commonwealth v. Hornberger, No. 108-CR-2011 (Snyder Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2012), aff'd, 1129 MDA 2012 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2013) (new trial granted in murder case)
  • Commonwealth v. Frimpong, No. 803-CR-2012 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2013) (motion to suppress granted in drug case; case dismissed)
  • Commonwealth v. Sprenkel, No. 108-CR-2011 (Snyder Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl 2013)(not guilty verdict on all counts in first degree murder case)
  • Commonwealth v. Coleman, No. 2037-CR-2012 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2013)(suppression granted in drug case)
  • Commonwealth v. Graham, No. 412-CR-2012 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2013) (motion to suppress granted in gun and drug case; case dismissed)
  • Commonwealth v. Easter, No. 1616-CR-2011 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2012) (motion to suppress granted in drug case; case dismissed)
  • United States v. Price, 434 F. App’x 983 (3d Cir. 2011) (sentence vacated resulting in subsequent sentence reduction)
  • Commonwealth v. Camp, No. 369 –CR-2009 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl.), aff'd, 2031 MDA 2010 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2011) (motion to preclude evidence granted in drug case; affirmed on appeal; case dismissed)
  • Commonwealth v. Smith, 409-CR-2006 (Tioga Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2011) (PCRA relief granted; sentenced reduced)
  • Commonwealth v. Brister, No. 955-CR-2008 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2010), aff'd, 16 A.3d 530 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2011) (motion to suppress granted on drug and gun charges; case dismissed)
  • Walker v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 66 (2012) (writ of certiorari granted; judgment vacated and case remanded) , 718 F. Supp. 2d 576 (M.D.P.A. 2010)
  • Commonwealth v. Stinnett, No. 1092-CR-2009 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2010) (not guilty verdict on all counts including attempted homicide)
  • Commonwealth v. Losch, No. 258-CR-2009 (Union Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl.), rev'd, 839 MDA 2010 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2010) (sentence vacated and remanded based upon invalid restitution claim)
  • Commonwealth v. Boyer, 962 A.2d 1213 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2008) (PCRA relief granted resulting in vacation of sentence and conviction in aggravated assault and robbery case)
  • Commonwealth v. Jordan, 921 MDA 2006 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2007) (conviction for rape and related charges vacated and new trial ordered)
  • Boyer v. Britton, No. 1:CV-08-1079, 2014 WL 2611718 (June 11, 2014), aff’d 2015 WL 4620766 (3d Cir. 2015) (2254 relief granted; 55 year sentence vacated and case remanded for new trial)
  • Commonwealth v. Jennings, No. 1454-CR-2014 (Lycoming Cnty. Ct. Com. Pl. 2017) (not guilty verdict on all counts including failure to register under SORNA)
  • United States v. Walker, No. 1:00-CR-300 (M.D. Pa. 2013) (2255 granted; 56 year sentence vacated; subsequently reduced to 17 years)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of the Defender Services Advisory Group to the U.S. Courts' Committee on Defender Services
  • Advisory Committee Member to Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Chair 2020-2022, National Board Member
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania Lawyers' Advisory Committee
  • Past President Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2016)
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania Best Practices Committee (2015)
  • Middle District Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection, Management Committee, 2005-2008, 2011 to present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Third Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative, 2017 to Present
  • United States Magistrate Selection Committee 2017, Chair
  • Member MDPA CJA Plan Update Committee , 2017 to 2018

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense
Federal Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense
Post-Conviction Litigation / Appeals