Death of Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania

Filed under: Death Penalty Cases by Steven F. Fairlie @ July 1, 2016

This is a great article about the death of capital punishment in Pennsylvania: Marc Bookman’s article about captial punishment . However, one final nail in the coffin: the death penalty has not been imposed against the will of a killer in more than 40 years. The only three convicted murderers executed since 1976 all waived […]

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Rare Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Charges Filed in Bucks County

Filed under: News by Steven F. Fairlie @ June 30, 2016

It is very rare to see charges of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death filed, but that has just happened to a Souderton area man and woman who were arrested for deaths in Trumbauersville, Bucks County. Fake percocet pills laced with acetyl fentanyl, a substance recently called out as especially dangerous by Montgomery County District Attorney […]

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Supreme Court Permits Evidence from Unconstitutional Stop

Filed under: Criminal Law, News by Contributor @ June 28, 2016

On June 20th, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Utah v. Strieff, holding 5-3 that an officer’s subsequent discovery of an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation excused his unconstitutional stop and search of the defendant and thus evidence obtained through the illegal search could be admitted against the defendant rather […]

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PA Laws Grant Immunity to Overdose Victims and Those Who Assist Them

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ June 22, 2016

In an attempt to curtail fatal drug overdoses, Pennsylvania and many other states have amended their drug laws to provide immunity for people who suffer drug overdoses and those who assist overdose victims. This immunity only applies to charges like drug and paraphernalia possession, as well as parole and probation violations. Drug-induced homicides and delivery […]

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Supreme Court: Justice who took part in prosecution should not decide the appeal

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ June 20, 2016

On June 9th, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Williams v. Pennsylvania. In doing so, the SCOTUS overturned a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, holding that a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice should had recused himself from ruling on a case in which he had prior involvement as a district […]

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