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Megan’s Law Substantially Upheld By Commonwealth Court

Filed under: Criminal Law, Sex Crimes by Contributor @ October 30, 2014

In Coppolino v. Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, 2014 WL 5140043, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided that the bulk of the 2011 revised version of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law is neither unconstitutionally overbroad nor an ex post facto punishment.  However, the court struck down the law’s in-person travel reporting requirement as applied to an individual convicted under […]

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DUI Overhaul Signed Into Law

Filed under: DUI by Contributor @ October 29, 2014

We recently told you that Pennsylvania’s legislature was on the cusp of passing an important amendment to correct commonly known problems with the Commonwealth’s DUI law.  Well, on Monday SB 1239 was signed into law by Governor Corbett as Act 1189 of 2014.  Below are three significant changes worth noting. As we described in detail in these […]

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Justice McCaffery Retires from Supreme Court

Filed under: News by Steven F. Fairlie @ October 27, 2014

Breaking News – It has just been announced that Justice Seamus P. McCaffery has retired from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the wake of the scandals involving allegations of distribution of pornographic emails to law enforcement officials and/or attorneys and a large referral fee paid to his wife while he was on the Supreme Court.

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Commonwealth Court: Conviction Necessary for Common Law Forfeiture

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ October 19, 2014

In an interesting development to the much publicized application of state forfeiture law (Forbes, John Oliver Emphasizing Philadelphia), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently held in Commonwealth v. 2010 Buick Enclave that the Commonwealth may not attempt to forfeit criminal derivative contraband under the civil common law without evidence of a criminal conviction. In civil forfeiture actions, the government sues […]

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Mumia’s Commencement Speech Reaction – “Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better.”

Filed under: News by Contributor @ October 14, 2014

The dust has now begun to settle over last week’s news that Mumia Abu-Jamal was asked to deliver a commencement speech via recording at an individual program graduation ceremony at Goddard College, a private and self-described non-traditional liberal arts college in Vermont.  Goddard has now released the speech that Mumia delivered.   Take a look […]

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