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Trial Courts Must Conduct an Objective Inquiry Into Exigent Circumstances in DUI Warrantless Blood Test

Filed under: DUI Tags: by Contributor @ April 1, 2018

On March 26, 2018, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that the trial court must conduct an objective inquiry to determine whether exigent circumstances justify police officers engaging in a warrantless blood test. This inquiry must rely on the totality of the circumstances present in each DUI investigation. In Commonwealth v. Trahey, Trahey was driving a […]

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PA Superior Court Holds that Social Media Must Be Authenticated to Be Admissible Evidence

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 27, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that social media posts must be authenticated if they are going to be introduced as evidence in criminal cases. In Commonwealth v. Mangel, a three-judge panel affirmed a decision made by an Erie County trial judge, ruling that social media posts are not admissible in criminal […]

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YOUR CELL PHONE IS SAFE FROM WARRANTLESS SEARCHES (KNOW YOUR RIGHTS)

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that police may seize your cellphone but may not search it without a warrant. Relying on the United States Supreme Court decisions in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, the Court held that a warrantless search of the contents of cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment. In […]

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Managing Partner Steven Fairlie was quoted by ABC News regarding recent developments in the admissibility of evidence from other accusers in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case:

Filed under: Uncategorized by Contributor @ March 2, 2018

Managing Partner Steven Fairlie was quoted by ABC News today regarding recent developments in the admissibility of other accusers in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault re-trial: http://abcnews.go.com/US/bill-cosbys-fate-turn-pivotal-court-decision-expected/story?id=53450806

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MISDEMEANORS AND FELONIES MAY PREVENT ENTRY TO CANADA

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ February 22, 2018

Canada frequently denies admission to Americans and travelers from all over the world based upon prior criminal convictions. Border officials often disregard the length of time passed from the date of the conviction to the time of attempted entry into Canada. Thus, an individual with a conviction from decades prior may be denied entry into […]

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