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Beaver County Tax Collector Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling Tax Payments

By Gary E. Gerson |

Almost everyone grumbles about paying taxes.  Childfree people complain about parents getting all the tax credits, and almost everyone would like to see public funds spent differently from how they are being spent, although no two people’s visions of what they would do if they were in control of the public treasury are exactly… Read More »

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Father Of Five Sentenced To State Prison, Followed By A Federal Prison Sentence

By Gary E. Gerson |

If the police crash your party just as you are snorting a line of cocaine, or if the cops pull you over when there are a few Xanax pills in the front console of your car that no one prescribed to you, there is a chance that you can walk away from the whole… Read More »

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Former Pennsylvania State Senator Enters Pretrial Diversion Program Following DUI Arrest

By Gary E. Gerson |

A lot of people go through life thinking that criminal court is somewhere they will never go, but anyone can get arrested and face criminal charges.  Getting arrested for drunk driving feels more like getting a traffic ticket than it does like your first foray into a life of crime.  In fact, you can… Read More »

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Man Faces Charges For Loitering And Prowling On University Of Pittsburgh Campus

By Gary E. Gerson |

It is possible to get arrested just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  If you see a “no trespassing” sign outside of a business, it is best not to go there outside of its posted business hours, and if you see such a sign outside of a private residence, it… Read More »

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Variety Store Employees Accused Of Stashing Drugs In Wall Safe

By Gary E. Gerson |

Hey Jay’s New & Used, a variety store in Erie, Pennsylvania, captures the mood of a pandemic-weary Pennsylvania as well as anywhere does.  If you have time on your hands and limited funds, Hey Jay’s is the place for you.  The cash-strapped, restless souls of the world can find furniture, appliances, and tools for… Read More »

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Erie Man Arrested After Dropping Child Off At School Immediately After Hit And Run Accident

By Gary E. Gerson |

Everyone makes mistakes, especially when driving.  Most preventable traffic mistakes do not count as crimes, especially when you do not cause an accident, or if you do, it is a minor enough accident that no one gets injured.  Of course, some driving behaviors are so dangerous that you can get criminal charges even if… Read More »

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Erie Man Pleads Guilty Four Years After Providing Drugs That Caused Fatal Overdose

By Gary E. Gerson |

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial, but in practice, all kinds of delays can affect criminal cases.  In some cases, by the time the case gets to trial, years have gone by since the incident that led to the defendant’s arrest.  In some cases, these… Read More »

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Bucks County Man Sentenced To At Least 49 Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting Five Children

By Gary E. Gerson |

In theory, the punishment for a crime should be proportionate to the extent to which the harm the victim suffered because of it can be repaired.  In cases where the crime only caused financial losses to the victims, it is possible to compensate the victims for their financial losses by ordering payment of restitution… Read More »

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Two Western Pennsylvania Defendants Plead Guilty To Receiving COVID Relief Benefits For Which They Were Ineligible

By Gary E. Gerson |

Receiving unemployment benefits is just one of the ways that it is expensive to be poor.  If your income from work increases by a few cents, you could risk losing hundreds of dollars in benefits, putting you in an even worse financial situation than you were in before you got the pay raise.  Then… Read More »

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Three Allegheny County Men Convicted Of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

By Gary E. Gerson |

The constitutional rights of defendants in criminal cases matter at every stage of the legal process of investigating alleged crimes, determining whether a defendant has committed those crimes, and implementing an appropriate punishment if the defendant is convicted.  Defense lawyers do more than just try to persuade jurors that the defendant is innocent or,… Read More »

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