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Monthly Archives: November 2021


Was It Malicious Prosecution, Or Was The State Protecting Potential Victims?

By Gary E. Gerson |

United States law considers liberty a fundamental human right, and the state does not have the right to take away your liberty by detaining you in a jail or prison except as a punishment for a crime, although, in practice, there are some exceptions.  Judges can decide to hold a defendant in jail until… Read More »

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Lancaster Man Charged With Murder And Other Crimes After Relatives And Police Find Dismembered Body In Family Home

By Gary E. Gerson |

In recent years, lawmakers and voters in Pennsylvania and other states have made some changes to the laws to reflect the belief that most crimes are not committed by dangerous people, and that the motive for these crimes is not incorrigible evil.  For example, possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances are symptoms of… Read More »

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Allegheny County Woman Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Conspiracy To Commit Money Laundering

By Gary E. Gerson |

The term “money laundering” means something different in the popular imagination, as does “conspiracy.”  You can get convicted of money laundering even if the amount of money involved was relatively small.  Likewise, you do not have to be a criminal mastermind to commit conspiracy.  Depending on the circumstances, it is possible for people charged… Read More »

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Allegheny County Doctor Sentenced To 78 Months In Prison For Health Care Fraud

By Gary E. Gerson |

In these tough economic times, almost everyone in western Pennsylvania knows someone who has tried to recruit them to distribute nutritional supplements through a multilevel marketing (MLM) business model.  The products are ordinary vitamin supplements like the ones you can buy much cheaper at Walmart or Costco, but the former classmate who messages you… Read More »

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