PA Supreme Court Stalemate On Good Faith Exception to Warrant Requirement

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ July 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s deadlock ruling essentially reiterates and emphasizes that the State Constitution’s strict protections against unlawful searches and seizures are absolute and without exception. A “deadlock” ruling is equivalent to a stand still or a non-ruling. As a result of a deadlock vote amongst justices, or a vote more commonly referred to as […]

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Social Media For All… Sex Offenders Included?

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ July 24, 2017

This summer the Supreme Court decided that states cannot prevent or restrict sex offenders from utilizing social networking sites. In an effort to limit sex offenders from interacting with potential victims, states such as North Carolina have enacted laws making it a felony for convicted sex offenders to access “commercial social networking” websites that have […]

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Grab Your Phone: Court Rules Citizens May Record Video of On-Duty Cops

Filed under: News by Contributor @ July 16, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia just recently ruled that individuals have a First Amendment right to video record on-duty police officers. Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), two private citizens appealed a federal judge’s ruling that the constitutional right to record police activity was not absolute and […]

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Variety article – the latest on the Bill Cosby “deadlock”

Filed under: Uncategorized by Steven F. Fairlie @ June 15, 2017

The latest on the Bill Cosby “deadlock”

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Legislators Gone Wild

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ May 7, 2017

Last September, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a startling decision that expanded the state’s child molestation law to criminalize any contact between an adult and a child’s genitals. Molestation of a child under the statute consisted of “intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact with a child under […]

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