New Guidelines for Witness Identification

Filed under: Criminal Law, News by Contributor @ April 21, 2016

On April 12th, the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association introduced new guidelines in an attempt to make eyewitness identifications of alleged perpetrators more accurate and reliable. The association aimed to achieve this goal through its endorsement of the use of simultaneous photo arrays. These arrays will include photos of the suspect, along with photos of other […]

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Defendant Violated PFA by Texting Protected Party About Property Settlement

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ April 18, 2016

On April 11th, 2016, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania decided the case of Commonwealth v. Taylor, holding in a 5-3 decision that a defendant’s communications with his ex-wife, who was protected by a PFA, regarding the settlement of a property were not for legitimate issues regarding their children, and consequently constituted indirect criminal contempt violations […]

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Rule 600 requires proof of due diligence

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ April 10, 2016

On March 30th, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania decided Commonwealth v. Thompson, holding that the Commonwealth cannot establish that it exercised “due diligence” in seeking a defendant’s presence at trial by simply presenting testimony that it was standard practice in the DA’s Office to issue writs to secure the presence of defendants. On December 4th, […]

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Scientific Studies Suggest Breath Tests May Not Accurately Calculate BAC

Filed under: DUI by Contributor @ April 3, 2016

Breath samples are frequently relied upon throughout the country in prosecuting citizens for DUI. However, scientific evidence suggests that these breath tests may not be as reliable in accurately calculating a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) as previously thought. The level of alcohol in a person’s breath does not directly indicate whether a person is […]

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Trump’s Campaign Manager Charged With Simple Battery

Filed under: News by Contributor @ March 30, 2016

On Tuesday, police charged Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, with simple battery, a misdemeanor which can carry up to a year in jail. Police in Jupiter, Florida determined that probable cause existed to file a criminal complaint against Lewandowski following a videotaped altercation that occurred at a campaign event earlier this month. The video […]

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