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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UPDATE: In the News: PA Castle Doctrine to take effect Saturday, August 27th

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Doctrine, Gun Laws, Gun Rights, In the News, News Update | 0 comments

The new expansion to the Pennsylvania castle doctrine will take effect on Saturday, August 27th, 2011.  (h/t NRA-ILA) For more information, go to: UPDATE: In the News: Pa governor signs bill expanding Castle Doctrine In the News: PA Castle Doctrine Bill passes state senate Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to email this...

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UPDATE: In the News: PA passed underage drinking amnesty law

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Alcohol Laws, Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, News Update, Underage Drinking | 0 comments

On July 7th, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed a law into effect that would immunize underage drinkers from criminal charges if they are seeking medical attention for another person.  The purpose of this law is to encourage underage drinkers to call for help if they see another person who is “in need of immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious injury.” To qualify for amnesty under the new law, a person must show that...

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UPDATE: In the News: Pa governor signs bill expanding Castle Doctrine

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Doctrine, Gun Laws, Gun Rights, In the News, News Update, Self-Defense | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Governor Tom Corbett has signed a Pennsylvania bill expanding the castle doctrine.  Under the previous law, if a person faced the threat of death or serious bodily injury outside of their home or place of work was able to retreat with complete safety, self-defense with deadly force was not permitted.  With the new law, it is now permissible to meet a threat of death or serious bodily injury with deadly...

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In the News: Pa Supreme Court rejects local sex offender residency restriction

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Megan's Law, News Update, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Allegheny County sex offender residency restriction ordinance has been rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The court concluded that the local residency restriction is invalid because it “clearly interferes with the statewide operation of the Sentencing and Parole Codes and with the General Assembly’s policies in these arenas.”  The 3rd Circuit Court of the United States...

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UPDATE: In the News: Federal Judge denies motion to suppress destroyed evidence

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Evidentiary Issues, In the News, News Update | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that US District Judge Gustave Diamond has denied a defendant’s motion to suppress evidence and dismiss charges in a case where the evidence was destroyed before trial.  In this case, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office permitted drug evidence and a coin purse allegedly seized from the defendant to be incinerated. Before granting the request to incinerate the evidence, the District...

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