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House OKs Bill That Would Restore Controversial Gun Law

Posted by John Rutkowski | May 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Victoria Hudgins, The Legal Intelligencer May 4, 2017 By a 134-53 vote, the state House passed an amendment to Title 18 of Pennsylvania's consolidated statues that would restore a controversial law allowing the National Rifle Association and other membership organizations to sue municipalities ...

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing May Be Coming Back to Pa.

Posted by John Rutkowski | Apr 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Victoria Hudgins, The Legal Intelligencer April 6, 2017 The state House passed a bill that would establish mandatory minimum sentencing for offenses involving firearms, drug sales to minors, impersonating law enforcement, failure of sex offenders to register and offenses committed against infan...

Lawyer’s Pants Catch on Fire During Argument

Posted by John Rutkowski | Mar 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The term “pants on fire” has long been the cliché of choice to describe a real whopper of a lie, popularized recently by a certain fact-checking site[1] and longer ago by The Castaways in their 1965 hit “Liar, Liar.”[2] The phrase took on an unfortunate relevance for Miami lawyer Stephen Gutie...

Feds Charge Phila. DA Seth Williams With Corruption

Posted by John Rutkowski | Mar 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

P.J S'Annuzio, The Legal Intelligencer March 21, 2017 Federal authorities filed corruption charges Tuesday against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams related to the acceptance of gifts valued at thousands of dollars to do favors for two local business owners. In addition to his alleg...

Limit access to information about criminal histories

Posted by John Rutkowski | Mar 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

HARRISBURG (Oct. 4, 2016) – The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and 34 county bar associations are launching a statewide informational campaign, “Understanding Expungement and Limited Access to Criminal Records,” which provides an overview of Pennsylvania's existing expungement laws and a new ...

New State Traffic Laws in Effect

Posted by John Rutkowski | Feb 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

February 24, 2017 The Child Passenger Safety law update, which went into effect in August 2016, states that children are required to be buckled into a rear-facing car seat until they are age 2 or meet the maximum weight or height requirements set by the manufacturer of the seat.  “Daniel's Law,...

Common-Law Forfeiture Doesn't Exist in Pa., Court Says

Posted by John Rutkowski | Jan 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Zack Needles, The Legal Intelligencer January 20, 2017 The concept of common-law forfeiture does not exist in Pennsylvania and the state government has no legal basis, absent statutory authority, for seizing so-called derivative contraband. Defendant was arrested in Adams County for brandishing...

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