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What are Defenses to Arson in Pennsylvania?

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

It was at the end of April that two fires broke out in Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The man accused of setting the fires recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Upon leaving the courtroom, the man admitted to setting the fires, stating that he was “mad at God.” He now faces… Read More »

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How Does the Juvenile Criminal System Work in Pennsylvania?

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

In late May, three juveniles were arrested after they allegedly assaulted a man and tried to rob him along Pennsylvania Avenue. They were between the ages of 12 to 14. Due to the fact that these were children and not adults, they will likely be tried in juvenile court. So, how does the juvenile… Read More »

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A Medication Error is Medical Malpractice

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

Medication is an important part of recovery for those that have just had medical treatment, or are suffering from certain conditions or injuries. However, medications contain chemicals that affect a person’s brain and bodily functions. When they are prescribed the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of medication, or any other error is made, it… Read More »

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Airplane Negligence: Where Premises and Product Liability Meet

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

A Pennsylvania man is in settlement talks with Southwest Airlines, and others, after he was injured on a plane. The man was on the infamous Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, in which a window cracked. One passenger died after being partially sucked out of the window, and Alan Meizlik suffered severe injuries. Both parties have… Read More »

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What is Firearms Theft in Pennsylvania?

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

It was at the end of May when a Pennsylvania man turned himself in for a connection to a burglary that occurred in January of 2019. He is now facing several charges and among them, is possession of a stolen firearm. So, does theft of a firearm differ from other types of theft? Theft… Read More »

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Can You be Charged with a DUI if You Weren’t Driving?

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

It happens sometimes. You’ve had too much to drink without realizing it, until you get behind the wheel of your car. Knowing the severe consequences of being charged with a DUI, and not wanting to place the lives of others at risk, you think you’re doing the right thing by remaining in your vehicle… Read More »

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What to Do After a Hit-and-Run in Pennsylvania

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

It’s a tragedy that happens all too often in Pennsylvania. Someone is walking down the street, riding their bike, or even driving their car and they become struck by a driver. To add insult to injury, the driver doesn’t even remain at the scene. Instead, they leave the accident scene, leaving victims with seemingly… Read More »

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Is It Illegal to Knowingly Give Police False Information?

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

In the beginning of April, a woman in Pennsylvania was convicted of falsely accusing two state troopers of raping her. She stated one trooper raped her in his police cruiser, and she filed a protection-from-abuse application that stated another trooper had also raped her. The prosecution argued that the statements were false. They also… Read More »

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Can Postal Workers Sue for Dog Bites?

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

It’s a known fact that dogs and postal workers don’t often get along. Dogs become territorial and bark madly as the postal worker approaches. The worker on the other hand, is simply trying to avoid getting bitten so they can continue on with their work. The struggle between the two is a classic, and… Read More »

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What Duty do Store Owners Owe Customers?

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

In early April, a case about a man slipping on a wet floor in a pet store made news. The man was inside PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital for an appointment to get his Bullmastiff’s ears cleaned. As he held his dog’s head for examination, the man slipped and fell and hit his head…. Read More »

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