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Parents Face Child Endangerment Charges After Infant Ingests Fentanyl

By Gary E. Gerson |

Children accidentally ingesting illegal drugs is many parents’ worst fear, even parents who themselves are no strangers to drugs and their effects. Thus, parents carefully inspect their children’s trick or treat candy every Halloween and hope that their young teens are telling the truth about how much parental supervision there will be at a… Read More »

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The Sippy Cup Murder: A Case of Child Endangerment and So Much More

By Gary E. Gerson |

Almost any criminal offense is subject to more severe penalties if the victim is a child. For example, you can get a traffic ticket for failing to wear a seat belt, but transporting a child in a car without an age-appropriate child car seat is a more serious offense. Likewise, sending a text message… Read More »

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Meek Mill’s Probation Is Finally Over, but He Promises to Continue Fighting to Reform the Criminal Justice System

By Gary E. Gerson |

In 2017, when Robert Williams was 20 years old, he was convicted of felony weapons charges and felony drug possession. He was sentenced to up 11 to 23 months in prison, to be followed by five years of probation. In reality, his punishment lasted 12 years, only ending in 2019, when a Pennsylvania court… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Police Officer Faces Criminal Charges After Alleged Drunken Hit-and-Run Accident with a Bicyclist

By Gary E. Gerson |

Leaving the scene of a car accident without talking to police or, at least, without talking to the person you hit and making sure they are not injured, is one of the worst things you can do. It can escalate a minor inconvenience into a civil lawsuit, a traffic ticket into criminal charges, and… Read More »

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Pennsylvania’s Laws on HIV Exposure Leave Plenty of Room for Ambiguity

By Gary E. Gerson |

Despite that advances in treatment have made HIV infection a manageable and, in many cases, preventable condition, AIDS is still the scariest disease that many people in the United States consider a real threat. For people who were alive in the 80s, the images of the extraordinary suffering of people with AIDS were unlike… Read More »

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Two Carlisle Teens Charged as Adults for Armed Robbery

By Gary E. Gerson |

When you think back to your teenage years, you can probably remember many things that you regret doing and saying. Whether your teen self experimented with drugs and frequently got into fistfights or simply did foolish and unkind things like skipping school and spreading malicious rumors, mostly for the purpose of impressing your peers,… Read More »

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DUI Traffic Stop in Frazer Township Ends in Major Drug Bust

By Gary E. Gerson |

If you feel nervous and worried when the police pull you over while driving, it does not necessarily mean that you are a criminal; it just means that you are human. When the minutes tick by after you hand over your driver’s license and registration, you think, “What’s the worst that can happen? I… Read More »

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Former Carnegie Mellon Student Convicted of Date Rape

By Gary E. Gerson |

College students are not the only people who are vulnerable to sexual assault, but sex crimes, from rape to simple sexual harassment are widespread on college campuses and among student populations. It is not hard to find opinion pieces on news sites attributing the origins of the problem to causes ranging from peer pressure… Read More »

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FBI Agents Arrest Three Pennsylvania Men Attempting to Solicit Sex from Minors

By Gary E. Gerson |

It is said that the Internet brings out everyone’s worst self; it is also said that there are no secrets online. Thus, adults attempting to contact minors online for purposes of exploiting them sexually can easily be found out by law enforcement. In the online environment, where anonymity emboldens the worst sides of people’s… Read More »

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In Pennsylvania, Attempted Acts of Sexual Exploitation Are Illegal, Even When There Is No Physical Contact

By Gary E. Gerson |

Although the laws of the United States do not operate on the principle of “an eye for an eye,” crimes that cause more significant physical, emotional, or financial harm to victims have more severe penalties than those that cause less damage. Murder is a more serious crime than aggravated assault, and aggravated assault is… Read More »

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