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Monthly Archives: January 2023


An End To Sentencing Disparities Between Crack Cocaine And Powder Cocaine?

By Gary E. Gerson |

In the 1980s, politicians and the media aimed to make people afraid of crack cocaine, and they succeeded.  Elementary school students in the 80s received lessons in health class about the dangers of drugs.  Some of the drugs seemed perfectly harmless; most kids had seen their neighbors, if not their own parents, drinking alcohol… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Car Dealership Employees Face Criminal Charges For Title Washing

By Gary E. Gerson |

Title washing is not the only way, or even the most common way, that used car dealerships can defraud customers.  Consumers can file used car fraud claims if, for example, the dealer misled them about the car’s history of collisions or repairs, or if they advertised one car to them online or by phone… Read More »

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Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Laws Are A Good Start, But They Still Have Too Many Loopholes

By Gary E. Gerson |

Few things are scarier than seeing someone suffer a drug overdose in your presence.  These days, Narcan nasal spray has become widely available enough that, if you happen to have it, you can reverse the effects of opioid overdose simply by administering it to the victim.  First responders always carry Narcan, and fear of… Read More »

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New Efforts In Pennsylvania To Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted Defendants

By Gary E. Gerson |

The “no double jeopardy” clause in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution means that, once you are acquitted of a crime, the state or the federal government can never prosecute you for it again.  If you plead guilty, you can appeal your conviction but not your sentence.  If you plead innocent and then are… Read More »

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