IN THE NEWS: 43 cited for Underage Drinking at Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Underage Drinking | 0 comments

Yesterday, thousands were at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh leg of Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” Tour.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that, during a law enforcement sweep of the Heinz Field parking lots, 43 individuals were cited for underage drinking and related offenses.  WPXI noted that, in addition to the underage drinking citations, five people were arrested. For more information, go to : Dozens cited for...

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IN THE NEWS: NTSB seeks to lower legal drinking limit to .05

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Alcohol Laws, Blog Posts, DUI, In the News, Laws of Questionable Merit | 0 comments

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the limit for blood alcohol levels for drivers be lowered to 0.05.  The NTSB has also recommended that measures be taken to encourage broader use of interlock devices. Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Automobile Association have not yet endorsed the NTSB’s recommendations. In its report, the NTSB renewed its recommendation that all DUI/DWI offenders be required to...

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In The News: Audio recording missing in PGH officer-involved shooting case

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Police Misconduct | 0 comments

On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was shot by a city of Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop.  Although a video of the incident has been recovered, the audio recording doesn’t include anything between the time the officers exited their car to the time that the gunfire started.  Pittsburgh Police Department policy requires officers in vehicles with cameras to record the audio of the taped encounters.  Officers are “are...

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UPDATE: In the News: Federal Prosecutors seek life-sentence in OH beard-cutting hate crime case

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, In the News, News Update, Sentencing and Punishments | 0 comments

In a follow-up to the post about Bishop Samuel Mullet, a federal court sentenced the Amish man to 15 years in prison on Friday.  The US Attorney’s Office requested that Mr. Mullet serve life in prison. For more information, go to: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/08/171503838/amish-beard-cutting-ring-leader-sentenced-to-15-years-in-prison Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter...

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In the News: Federal Prosecutors seek life-sentence in OH beard-cutting hate crime case

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, Constitutional Rights, In the News, Sentencing and Punishments | 0 comments

US attorneys are recommending a sentence of life in prison for Samuel Mullet.  Mullet is an Amish bishop convicted of conspiracy and federal hate crimes after a string of attacks in which Amish individuals had their hair and beards cut with shears against their will.  Mullet’s attorney, Edward Bryan is advocating for a sentence that calls for two years of incarceration.  In his sentencing memorandum, Attorney Bryan noted that...

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IN THE NEWS: Pennsylvania Changes to Sex Offender Registration/Megan’s Law

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Megan's Law, PCRA | 0 comments

Starting tomorrow, the rules for who must register as a Megan’s Law sex offender in Pennsylvania will change.  Under the new law, sex offenders are classified by three tiers.  Tier I offenders will have to register for 15 years.  Tier II offenders will have to register for 25 years.  Tier III offenders will have to register for life.  If you are currently serving a period of incarceration for a sexual offense, are currently on parole or...

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