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Pennsylvania Courts Launch Docket “App”

Filed under: News by Contributor @ May 26, 2015

Need to access a client’s file on the fly?  There is an app for that, says Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin.    Compatible with IPhones and IPads, the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts has launched a free mobile application that will provide useful information including results, charges, status changes, and important dates […]

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TIME SENSITIVE: HELP IDENTIFY CONVICTIONS BASED ON FLAWED MICROSCOPIC HAIR ANALYSIS

Filed under: Criminal Law, News Tags: by Contributor @ May 19, 2015

The United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Innocence Project, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have issued a report that calls into question more than 90% of trial convictions before 2000 where flawed FBI microscopic hair analysis was used to support the conviction.   The  NACDL, FBI, and the Philadelphia Inquirer have reported […]

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Apologies, Nerves, & Loquaciousness Do Not Provide Reasonable Suspicion to Prolong Traffic Stop

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ May 15, 2015

On the heels of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. United States to limit the duration of traffic stops, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that where a valid traffic stop has been completed, to pass constitutional muster, the officer must demonstrate cause for suspicion independent of any basis on which he conducted […]

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Wall Street Journal: Private Companies Eroding Expungement Process

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ May 8, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that official expungement of criminal records may not be the end of the story for individuals suffering the collateral consequences of crimes supposedly wiped off the books. Expungement is the process of eliminating records of past criminal charges. Sometimes it involves purging the searchable records of law enforcement […]

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New PA Rules for Summary Incarceration

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ May 6, 2015

The Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure are being amended, effective July 1 of this year, to incorporate the principle that, for summary cases, a defendant should be released on recognizance (ROR) and that collateral be set only if the issuing authority has reasonable grounds to believe that the defendant would not appear.  The changes apply […]

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