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 |

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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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Doty

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Blog, Blog Posts, Case Law Summaries |

Commonwealth v. Christopher Doty  2010 PA Super 105 (06/09/2010) Topic: Fugitive Status – Waiver v. Forfeiture of Appellate Rights – Challenging an Illegal Sentence Summary: When a defendant becomes a fugitive from justice during the appellate period, he may forfeit his right to pursue an appellate review.  This forfeiture applies to issues that cannot be waived, like the legality of the sentence....

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In the News: First Veterans placed in PGH Vet Court

Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in Blog |

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the new Allegheny County Veteran’s Court program has started.  The program, which is targeted to non-violent offenders, is designed to keep veterans out of jail.  Program participants are required to complete a treatment program in order to graduate. For more information, go to: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_652631.html Share this:Click to share on Facebook...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v Garcia-Rivera

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Blog |

Commonwealth v. Melvin Garcia-Rivera 2009 PA Super 213 (11/05/2009) Topic: Sentencing – Deviation from the Sentencing Guidelines – Consecutive Sentences for Multiple Deaths Arising From a Single Event Summary: 1.) When issuing a sentence in the mitigated range of the sentencing guidelines, the sentencing court is required to state its reasons for the downward deviation on the record.  2.) A person convicted of homicide by vehicle...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Steven Smith

Posted by on Nov 4, 2009 in Blog |

Commonwealth v. Steven T. Smith 2009 PA Super 209 (10/30/2009) Topic: Drug Offenses – Mandatory Sentences – Sentencing Entrapment and Sentencing Manipulation Summary: If the Commonwealth prolongs an investigation in order to increase a defendant’s sentence, the mandatory sentence will not apply to the latter sentences. Facts: The Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force made four controlled drug buys from Steven T. Smith...

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