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Carbon Dioxide Poisoning From Keyless Cars

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

How often is the potential danger of an activity outweighed by its convenience? In the case of driving, the answer is often, given the fact that driving is so dangerous yet easy to do. In fact, driving is statistically the most dangerous activity that the average person does on a regular basis. However, one… Read More »

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Litigation

Felon Voting Rights in Pennsylvania

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

Voting is a sacred right in any democracy, and sadly six million Americans have had their right to vote taken away from them because they are either in prison, on parole, on probation, or have not completed their post-sentencing voting wait period, according to Vice News. In fact, some convicted felons have actually been… Read More »

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Injuries from Flammable Fuel Gel

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

Flammable fuel gel is a dangerous substance used in personal “fire pots” and wickless candles, commonly found in backyard barbeques and summer evenings on the patio. But what may begin as an enjoyable family gathering or quiet evening can quickly turn into utter chaos and tragedy with these deadly types of fuel. If you… Read More »

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Advocate

What Megan’s Law Could Mean For Your Future

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

Being convicted of a sex crime, public indecency crime, or child pornography crime is serious, and has life-long lasting ramifications long past your date of release from prison or jail. In addition to heavy incarceration penalties for certain sex related offenses, Pennsylvania law requires that all sex offenders register with a state database. If… Read More »

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GavelBooks

PAC Fraud

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

A Political Action Committee or “PAC” is a political donation tool used to support or defeat candidates running for office. A PAC can also be used for or against legislation or ballot initiatives, and an increasing number of fraudulent PACs has raised the awareness of the issue by federal law enforcement. Recently, two Arizona… Read More »

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PIClaim

Recent Norovirus Outbreaks

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

More than 500 visitors to a Tennessee zipline canopy tour have reported serious gastrointestinal illnesses, with symptoms similar to those of the norovirus, according to CNN. Some of these visitors have tested positive for this virus, which causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, malaise, stomach pain, fever, and muscle pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Police Misuse of Hate Crime Law

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

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Pennsylvania police officers have been using our hate crime law to make arrests and to increase the punishment that the defendant receives. This is coming at an unfortunate time, when real hate crimes are being committed at rates not seen in the past few decades. In… Read More »

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Airline Sexual Harassment

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

Countless cell phone video recordings have captured the abuses some passengers have faced in recent years by flight staff, police, and other passengers. From being dragged off a plane that was overbooked, to facing racial harassment and insults, the newfound stress and mayhem of flying has been recorded and reported on routinely in social… Read More »

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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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