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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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Are There Defenses to Theft in Pennsylvania?

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

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced in late January for stealing electronics, mainly Apple products, from a Target store. The man, Akbar Aiken, and his brother Elijah used a blowtorch to open the back metal door of the store so they could enter and retrieve the products. Akbar pled guilty, showed remorse for his actions,… Read More »

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In Pennsylvania, Strangulation Charges are Still All Too Common

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

A top executive at Erie Insurance, Bradley Postema, has been charged with strangulation after allegedly choking and assaulting a woman he was dating. According to the victim’s report, she was dating Postema and was at his house when he choked her and threw her to the ground. She reportedly lost consciousness for a short… Read More »

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Can You Use Force to Protect Your Home in Pennsylvania?

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

Just after midnight on Christmas Eve, a man was awoken by strange noises. With gun in hand, the man went to investigate and saw an unknown man in his driveway, allegedly trying to break into his home. The homeowner fired a warning shot into the air after the intruder lunged at him. That not… Read More »

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Is There a Statute of Limitations on Murder in Pennsylvania?

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

Recently, a Pennsylvania man, made headlines when he admitted to killing his wife 40 years ago. The woman, was killed in 1981 after an argument broke out between her and her husband. The case went cold, but earlier this year, the man admitted to killing his wife before dumping her body in the Delaware… Read More »

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Number of DUIs Down this New Year’s, but Some Drivers Still Need a Defense

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

It was not long in the days following New Year’s Eve that Pennsylvania State Police released data regarding the amount of drivers arrested for driving under the influence over the holiday. The data showed that between December 31, 2019, and January 2, 2020, the State Police arrested 279 people for driving under the influence…. Read More »

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CrimLaw12

What Does the Law Say About Animal Cruelty in Pennsylvania?

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

Animal cruelty is now a federal offense, but two teenagers in Pennsylvania are facing state charges after they posted a video depicting them injuring a deer they had shot, but not killed. One of the defendants named in the case was age 18, and another was an unidentified 17-year-old boy. It was the 17-year-old… Read More »

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DrugArrest

The Problem with Treating Opioid Overdoses as Homicides

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

There is a troubling trend in Pennsylvania. The opioid epidemic has spiraled out of control in the commonwealth, as it has all over the country. Furthermore, the state prosecution is using the high number of deaths to prosecute these deaths as homicides when someone distributes the drugs and another person dies as a result…. Read More »

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What is Considered Endangering the Welfare of Children?

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

A 39-year-old mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of children after co-sleeping with her child. The mom smoked marijuana and then went to bed with her two-month-old daughter. The bed they slept in was eight inches higher on one side than the other. Mom allegedly slept on the higher side, with her… Read More »

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CrimJustice

Need a Pardon? They’re Easier to Get From Governor Tom Wolf

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

Before Governor Tom Wolf took office, it was very difficult to get a pardon in Pennsylvania. The process took four years, and few pardons were granted. After entering the office, the Governor faced an immense backlog of pardon applications. So, he initiated a new system in which more pardons would be granted, and the… Read More »

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