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PA Superior Court Holds that Social Media Must Be Authenticated to Be Admissible Evidence

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 27, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that social media posts must be authenticated if they are going to be introduced as evidence in criminal cases. In Commonwealth v. Mangel, a three-judge panel affirmed a decision made by an Erie County trial judge, ruling that social media posts are not admissible in criminal […]

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YOUR CELL PHONE IS SAFE FROM WARRANTLESS SEARCHES (KNOW YOUR RIGHTS)

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that police may seize your cellphone but may not search it without a warrant. Relying on the United States Supreme Court decisions in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, the Court held that a warrantless search of the contents of cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment. In […]

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MISDEMEANORS AND FELONIES MAY PREVENT ENTRY TO CANADA

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ February 22, 2018

Canada frequently denies admission to Americans and travelers from all over the world based upon prior criminal convictions. Border officials often disregard the length of time passed from the date of the conviction to the time of attempted entry into Canada. Thus, an individual with a conviction from decades prior may be denied entry into […]

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Pardons easier to get under Governor Tom Wolf

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ February 3, 2018

Prior to Governor Tom Wolf’s entrance to office, it was incredibly difficult to receive a pardon.  However, Governor Wolf is now giving his constituents the opportunity for the second chance that they many have long sought. In an effort to reduce the backlog of pardon applicants, since taking office, Governor Wolf has initiated a system […]

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Social Media Companies May Prevent Your Ability to Defend Yourself

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ January 29, 2018

The Stored Communications Act of 1986 prohibits third parties, including social media giants like Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook, from “knowingly” disseminating customers’ information with any individuals apart from the sender and intended recipient.  The law, passed long before the invention of social media and much of the technology used to communicate in 2018, is […]

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