In the News: Pa House passes ‘sexting’ law

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Juvenile Issues, Proposed Laws, Sexting |

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a law designed to lower the criminal sanctions associated with teen sexting.  Under the proposed law, anyone under the age of 18 who sends a sexually explicit depiction of himself or another minor to another person who is under the age of 18 will be guilty of a second degree misdemeanor.  Additionally, the proposed law decriminalizes a minor’s...

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In the News: Adam Walsh Act may punish teens for sexting

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in Juvenile Issues, Sex Crimes, Sexting |

Beginning in July 2009, teens caught “sexting” may be charged with a federal sex crime. Under the Adam Walsh Act, any person who creates and/or sends a nude picture of a minor may be charged with a felony. In its current form, the law does not create an exception for minors or for children who take and send pictures of themselves. For more information, go to:

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In the News: Hundreds of PA juvenile convictions expunged

Posted by on Mar 26, 2009 in Judicial Misconduct, Juvenile Issues |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has expunged the convictions of hundreds of low-level offenders who entered pleas without counsel in the court of former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella. Civarella and former Luzerne County judge Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to federal charges of “honest services fraud” and tax fraud in February. For more information, go to:...

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In the News: PA Judges plead guilty to fraud

Posted by on Feb 12, 2009 in Jail Conditions, Judicial Misconduct, Juvenile Issues |

Luzerne County, PA Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to federal charges of “honest services fraud” and tax fraud. Both judges were removed from the bench in January. The guilty pleas were the result of Ciavarella and Conahan accepting $2.6 million dollars in payouts by PA Child Care, LLC and a sister-company. These companies owned and operated juvenile detention centers to which Judge Ciavarella is accused of...

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