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Institutional Sexual Assault

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

In Pennsylvania, there are a variety of categories of sexual assault, all of which have different legal consequences. The type of sexual assault offense a person is charged with depends on certain factors, including the nature of the sexual contact and the identities of the alleged victim and assailant. For instance, when the individuals… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Sexting Laws

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

In many ways, smart phones have significantly simplified our lives. For instance, it has become standard practice to check email, pay bills, listen to music, and watch movies all on one device. With this improved technology has come increased demand and now it is not uncommon to see children with cell phones in hand…. Read More »

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Plans for Criminal Justice Reform Announced

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

Josh Shapiro, a candidate for the position of attorney general and currently chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency recently announced a plan to reform the state’s criminal justice system. This announcement is part of a general shift towards offering more diversionary programs and reducing recidivism nationwide. If implemented, these changes could… Read More »

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Filing an Appeal in Pennsylvania

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

In Pennsylvania, people who have been convicted of a crime and can establish that they did not receive a fair trial, may be able to appeal their conviction. Filing an appeal is a time-consuming and complex process, so if you were recently convicted of a crime and have reason to believe that you are… Read More »

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