PA Senate Passes Medical Marijuana in PA

Filed under: Criminal Law, Drug Crimes, News by Contributor @ September 30, 2014

By a vote of 43-7, the Pennsylvania State Senate has approved “The Medical Cannabis Act,” legislation that legalizes some limited uses of medical marijuana. 84 percent of Pennsylvanians say they support medical marijuana. This bill is a limited, but essential, first step in matching Pennsylvania’s drug laws to people’s expectations. The legislation, co-sponsored by Montgomery County’s State […]

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Pennsylvania State Trooper Fatally Shot at Montgomery County Gun Range

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PA Legislature Advances Major DUI Overhaul

Filed under: DUI by Contributor @ September 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania State Legislature is raising the stakes for DUI offenses. Responding to what Montgomery County State Senator Rafferty recently described as the “terrible and chilling effect on DUI convictions” stemming from the Pennsylvania Superior Court’s 2013 decision in Commonwealth v. Musau (covered in depth here), the state legislature is moving closer to passing noteworthy changes […]

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Superior Court Declines to Impose Two-Hour Limit for Drug DUI

Filed under: DUI by Contributor @ September 21, 2014

On September 18th, the Pennsylvania Superior Court reaffirmed that Pennsylvania has what is essentially a zero-tolerance policy towards operating a vehicle under the influence of non-prescribed, controlled substances. In Commonwealth v. Wilson, 2014 WL 4637244, the Court held that, in drafting the DUI laws, the state legislature did not intend to require any time limitations […]

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Apple No Longer Unlocking iPhones and iPads for Police

Filed under: News by Contributor @ September 19, 2014

In a move designed to quell consumer fear about police having too much access to personal data, Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones and iPads for police. Apple has changed the encryption used on iPhones and iPads in iOS 8 so that no one but the phone’s owner can access personal data. In previous […]

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