In the News: PA legislator proposes law criminalizing witness failure to report violent crime

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Blog, Blog Posts |

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Pennsylvania State Senator Kim Ward has preposed a law that would make the failure to report a violent crime a criminal offense.  The bill is named “Jennifer’s Law” in honor of “a Westmoreland County woman who was tortured and murdered.” For more information, go to: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10172/1067209-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml...

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In the News: ACLU opposes PA sexting law

Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in Blog |

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the ACLU and the Juvenile Law Center are opposing a Pennsylvania bill that is intended to make sexting a lesser offense for minors.  The ACLU argues that by criminalizing sexting, juveniles are left with a permanent mark that would harm their ability to get a job, be admitted to certain colleges, and join the military. For more information, go to:...

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In The News: UPDATE: Pa House passes bill banning handheld cell phones while driving

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in Blog |

The Pennsylvania General Assembly House of Representatives has passed a bill prohibiting drivers from operating a handheld cell phone or wireless device while operating a motor vehicle.  Before the bill becomes law, it must be passed by the Pennsylvania Senate and signed by Governor Ed Rendell. For more information go to: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10026/1031203-100.stm...

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In the News: Pa Legislature works to de-felonize sexting

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in Blog |

After several cases where district attorneys have pursued felony charges against teens accused of sending sexually explicit photos of themselves, the Pennsylvania General Assembly House of Representatives is proposing a bill that would make “sexting” by teens a second-degree misdemeanor.   The statute would amend the criminal code by adding 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6321. The new statute would prohibit any minor over the age of 13 from sending...

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In the News: PA House considers bill banning handheld cellphone while driving

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in Blog |

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly House of Representatives will be taking a final vote on a bill that would ban the use of handheld cellular phones and other wireless devices while operating a motor vehicle.  The bill amends a proposed statute that would prohibit drivers from sending text messages while driving.  The proposed statute would add a new section to the motor vehicle code.  Under the proposed...

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