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Hate Crimes and COVID-19

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

COVID-19 has forced everyone to shelter in place, stay at home, and avoid interaction with others. While this has helped to slow the spread, it has also resulted in a reduction of some crimes. State police have reported a drop in certain offenses, such as property crimes and break-ins. Although this is good news,… Read More »

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How to Prove a Confession was Coerced

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

A troubling story has come out of Williamsport after law enforcement officers suspected a man of killing a convenience store customer and injuring the clerk. According to the story, the police officers were trying to coerce a confession out of the suspect, even leaving him to urinate in a bottle after they ignored his… Read More »

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What is the Penalty for Not Wearing a Face Mask in Pennsylvania?

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

It was at the end of April that Governor Tom Wolf enacted a mandatory face mask law that required anyone entering a store to wear a mask while they shopped. Masks have been said to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 infection by covering the mouth and nose of those that wore them…. Read More »

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What is the Definition of Robbery in Pennsylvania?

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

In late May, Pennsylvania State Police were called to a general store in Porter Township. After hearing the security alarm, a tenant claims that a man stole several firearms from the store. The tenant and store owner approached the man, at which time the suspect pointed a firearm at both of them while uttering… Read More »

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Is Carjacking Different than Auto Theft?

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

In early March, the Bethlehem police were asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect that had carjacked an SUV. While the owner of the vehicle was driving the SUV, another car pulled up alongside it and someone approached the driver’s side window. The person at the driver’s side window showed the driver… Read More »

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A Recent Murder Case in PA Focuses on Little Known Legal Doctrine

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

Many people are aware that the police are not allowed to search most areas, with the exception of vehicles, without a warrant. It is a right that is guaranteed by the United States Constitution, as well as the Constitution of Pennsylvania. However, a recent murder case in Pennsylvania brings those rights into question and… Read More »

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Differences Between Rape and Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania

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

In late March, a man from Lancaster County was arrested for the rape and sexual assault of a girl in Berks County. Allegedly, the different offenses occurred in Reading, Pennsylvania and happened for a period of 12 years between 1997 and 2009. The story brings up a question that is very common in Pennsylvania…. Read More »

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Pranksters May Face Criminal Charges for Threatening to Spread Coronavirus

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

Over the past few weeks, the warnings of coronavirus have been near constant, and the media has been flooded with ways to protect yourself. People should remain six feet apart at all times, stay home whenever possible, and cough and sneeze into their elbow. It is this last recommendation that pranksters all around the… Read More »

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Attorney van der Veen’s Podcast Appearance Featured in The Legal Intelligencer

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

Attorney van der Veen was featured on the VoiceAmerica – Live Internet Talk Radio podcast, “Is There Really Truth & Justice for All?” with Jeff Stein. It was a fascinating discussion on the state of our current judicial system. The appearance was featured in this The Legal Intelligencer article By Aleeza Furman on April 27, 2020:… Read More »

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Is Assisted Suicide Legal in Pennsylvania?

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

Recently, The Washington Times ran a story of some of the most notable cases involving a caregiver killing their patients. One of these involved former nurse, Charles Cullen, that killed 29 patients in hospitals and nursing homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Although the Times article did not specify whether the Pennsylvania case involved… Read More »

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