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Destructive Devices

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

Destructive devices that appeared to be pipe bombs were recently sent to CNN headquarters, as well as the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and billionaire investor George Soros, as reported by CNN. All of the bombs were intercepted before they were opened by the intended recipients, and no one was hurt…. Read More »

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New Protest Laws Are Popping Up All Over the Country

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

We are living in a new age of American protests. From Women’s Marches, Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and DAPL pipeline resistance movements, to Unite the Right, various “Alt. right” or white supremacist groups, and anti-abortion groups, there are protests occurring nearly every week in every state. The right to protest is protected in the… Read More »

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I Know That I Am Innocent; Do I Still Need an Attorney?

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

There is an unfortunate misconception that if you are charged with a crime and you know that you are innocent, then the mistake will eventually be realized by police, the prosecutor, the judge, or the jury, and you will be set free after being offered a sincere apology. The truth could not be more… Read More »

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Hereditary Genetic Testing and its Role in Criminal Prosecutions

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

DNA testing has allowed a breakthrough in criminal prosecution. Not only can it be used to identify suspects who police believe may have committed the crime, but it can be used to vindicate other suspects who, in fact, had nothing to do with the offense. Retroactive DNA testing has been used to free hundreds… Read More »

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Does Pennsylvania Have a Stand Your Ground Law?

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

Self Defense and Duty to Retreat Under 18 Pa. C.S.A § 505, it is legal to use physical force, deadly force even, if you reasonably believe that there is an immediate threat against you or someone else, and that force is the only way to stop the perpetrator. In the past, Pennsylvania and most… Read More »

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Trafficking in Minors

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

A New Jersey man has been arrested by Pennsylvania law enforcement for trafficking in minors, unlawful contact with a minor, and child pornography, according to Northjersey.com. The man was arrested in a month-long sting operation, conducted by Pennsylvania authorities, Homeland Security, and other local agencies, for his attempts to lure minors to have sex… Read More »

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NO, you shouldn’t give a statement to police!

By Grant Bloomdahl |

Upon learning of charges, an innocent person accused of a crime probably has a gut reaction to start talking, go in for an interview, write an explanation on social media, start pointing fingers, or relay to police and detectives that this incident or occurrence was all a misunderstanding. “What could go wrong?” they might… Read More »

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Offenses Against the American Flag

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

We are living in a time of extreme political tension, where protests and displays of free speech are commonplace. Flags have been used for centuries, as a means for making a political or ideological point. However, the America flag is “protected” under various Pennsylvania statutes, and certain misdemeanors may be charged against offenders who… Read More »

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Eyewitness Identifications

By Grant Bloomdahl |

We’ve all seen it on TV or perhaps in real life: a witness testifies that the defendant is the person who committed the crime and that he or she saw the defendant do it. On TV, the scene typically accompanies dramatic music and a forthright appearance that the defendant is obviously guilty. While witness… Read More »

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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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