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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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Theft by Deception, Unsworn Falsifying, and Official Oppression

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

A seven-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force was recently arrested for his alleged part in falsifying arrest paperwork, with a motive of directing credit and overtime pay to a fellow police officer. However, that officer was not even present during that particular arrest. The 29-year-old officer was charged with attempted theft by deception,… 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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Crime

Defense Against Sexual Intercourse With Animals

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

In Munson, Pennsylvania, three men have been charged with having sexual intercourse with a dozen animals, as reported by WTAJ News. According to police, the men had intercourse with at least 12 domesticated animals, multiple times per week over the last four or five years. The animals include nine female horses, dogs, a cow,… 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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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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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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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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