Cell Phone Data Leading to Wrongful Convictions

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ September 10, 2014

The story of Lisa Roberts is a sad one which has unfortunately been repeated too often across the country. Roberts was arrested in 2002 under suspicion of strangling a prostitute in Portland, Oregon. She plead guilty to Murder after the prosecutor told her that her location at the time of the Murder could be pinpointed […]

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Bucks County to Eliminate Telephone-Based House Arrest

Filed under: Criminal Law, News by Contributor @ September 7, 2014

This past week the Bucks County Commissioners decided to eliminate the traditional house arrest system that uses telephone lines to verify that the person on house arrest is actually at their house. In its place will be a web-based GPS tracking program. Details on this new system are sparse, but Bucks County officials hope that […]

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Constitutionality of the Civil Forfeiture System Challenged

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ September 2, 2014

On May 8th, the home of Markela and Christos Sourovelis was seized by police. Why? Their son had been arrested for selling $40 worth of drugs outside of their home. Since it was authorized by the state in 1988, the Philadelphia police and District Attorney’s office have used the civil forfeiture system to take homes and other property from drug dealers. The […]

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The Country’s Most Dangerous Intersection is in Bucks County

Filed under: News by Contributor @ August 31, 2014

Time Magazine has unveiled its list of the most dangerous intersections in the United States, and a Bucks County intersection has been deemed the most dangerous of them all. The intersection of Street Road and Knights Road, in the vicinity of Byberry Road and Hulmeville Road, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was involved in 7 fatal crashes […]

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Unconstitutional mandatory minimum sentences invalidated even if they predated Alleyne

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ August 21, 2014

When it was decided in 2013, the legal community knew that Alleyne v. United States would have a large impact on criminal trials throughout the country. Alleyne made mandatory minimum sentences elements of the crime that must be submitted to juries rather than decided upon by judges during sentencing. The only question of Alleyne was when we would see it start to take […]

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