Pardons easier to get under Governor Tom Wolf

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ February 3, 2018

Prior to Governor Tom Wolf’s entrance to office, it was incredibly difficult to receive a pardon.  However, Governor Wolf is now giving his constituents the opportunity for the second chance that they many have long sought. In an effort to reduce the backlog of pardon applicants, since taking office, Governor Wolf has initiated a system […]

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Another big NOT GUILTY in the Furry “rape” case

Filed under: Fairlie & Lippy News by Steven F. Fairlie @ January 31, 2018

Fairlie & Lippy’s Steven Fairlie won another big Not Guilty verdict in the Bucks County Furry “rape” case.  Ken Fenske (whose name is used with permission) was charged with Rape of a Child.  A horrendous charge and a nightmare to defend against given that the allegations were made 8 years after the crime was supposed […]

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Social Media Companies May Prevent Your Ability to Defend Yourself

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ January 29, 2018

The Stored Communications Act of 1986 prohibits third parties, including social media giants like Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook, from “knowingly” disseminating customers’ information with any individuals apart from the sender and intended recipient.  The law, passed long before the invention of social media and much of the technology used to communicate in 2018, is […]

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SORNA now dead in Pennsylvania – at least for now

Filed under: Criminal Law, Sex Crimes by Contributor @ January 23, 2018

The United States Supreme Court has denied the appeal of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s  ruling that Pennsylvania’s sex offender registration law was unconstitutional . Example sex offender registrant under Pennsylvania Law. This past summer, Jose Muniz, convicted in 2007 of indecent assault against a minor and a required registrant under the Sex Offender Registration and […]

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Prepayment of 2018 tax payments not permitted in most of Pennsylvania

Filed under: News by Steven F. Fairlie @ December 30, 2017

Many accountants have been advising their clients to prepay their 2018 property taxes at the end of 2017, as they will not be deductible in 2018.  However, many don’t realize that most  Pennsylvania counties won’t accept the prepayments.  Home Rule counties like Philadelphia are accepting them, but others like Montgomery County and Bucks County will […]

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