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Philadelphia Woman Beaten on the Beach By Police in Show of Excessive Force

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A New Jersey police officer was filmed punching an unarmed 20-year-old woman from Philadelphia in the head and neck as he held her to the ground in an attempt to arrest her for failing to comply with his questioning, as shown by Vice News. The woman was suspected of underage drinking on a New… Read More »

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Entrapment as a Defense

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In an attempt to stop crimes before they happen, law enforcement may employ tactics that border on illegal, such as helping or enticing someone to commit a crime. While providing the materials for someone to commit a crime or giving them information may not necessarily be illegal, “entrapment” is against the law. Entrapment occurs… Read More »

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Medical Negligence of Dancing Doctor Injures Nearly 100 Women

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Shocking videos posted on YouTube show a dancing, singing dermatologist performing for the camera as she operates on sedated patients. With a scalpel in hand, the doctor can be seen cutting erratically with the beat of the music, looking up at the camera to voice lyrics, and utterly disregarding her duty of care to… Read More »

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Protecting Yourself from Excessive Force During an Arrest

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The majority of Americans know that when a police officer wishes to make an arrest, we should remain as calm as humanly possible and make every attempt to resist arrest. While the majority of arrests are legal and done so in a peaceful manner, many arrests are done with a large degree of force,… Read More »

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Injuries Caused by Recalled Vehicles

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

One of the last thing that a driver imagines happening when they get behind the wheel, start the ignition, pull out into the street and merge onto the highway is to get stuck in cruise control and barrel at top speed into the back of braking tractor trailer. Yet, this very scenario could very… Read More »

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Charges Stemming from Paintball Fights

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In Detroit, paintball enthusiasts began staging mini gun fights and drive-bys with paintball guns, instead of real guns. Proponents of these paintball shootouts argue that instead of real violence, communities and gangs that were at odds with one another are now being brought together in a fun, albeit messy, way. But what began as… Read More »

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Condoms as Instruments of Crime

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Under the touted banner of fighting human trafficking, Pennsylvania law enforcement is cracking down on sex workers, and in an unusual way.  Pittsburgh police are making arrests for sex workers who carry condoms on their person or in their vehicles, citing these condoms as “instruments of crime.” This not only jeopardizes the safety and… Read More »

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Holding Drivers Responsible

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Unfortunately, drivers who strike and kill pedestrians and cyclists rarely face any criminal charges, according to newspaper investigative reports around the country.  Whether in the D.C. area, Georgia, the Midwest, Florida, or California, drivers get let off the hook if they give a good enough excuse as to why they “accidentally” killed a pedestrian… Read More »

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Lawyer Confidentiality

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Lawyer confidentiality is one of the most sacred aspects of the lawyer-client relationship. According to the American Bar Association, attorneys are bound to keep written and oral information shared with them by their client confidential unless their client gives them permission to share it with others specified. This means that this confidential information cannot… Read More »

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Recent Salmonella Outbreaks

By van der Veen, O'Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Outbreak of Salmonella in Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal A salmonella outbreak has caused dozens of people to get violently ill in the past week, according to The New York Times. The outbreak has been expanded to more than dozen states, including Pennsylvania. While no deaths have yet been reported, 73 people have become sick… Read More »

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