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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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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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Washington Township Man Faces Felony Charges For Witness Intimidation

By Gary E. Gerson |

In some news stories about pending criminal cases, you hear that the defendant is in jail until the trial, but in other cases, you hear that the witness is out on bail.  Letting defendants in criminal cases remain free until they are convicted at trial or plead guilty is in line with the legal… Read More »

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Voting Rights In Pennsylvania After A Criminal Conviction

By Gary E. Gerson |

Loss of voting rights is one of the consequences of a felony conviction, but each state has its own laws about the procedure for restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies after they have completed their sentences.  Pennsylvania puts up fewer obstacles than some other states with regard to restoring citizens’ right… 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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Johnstown Man Sentenced To Probation For Animal Neglect

By Gary E. Gerson |

Yes, you can get criminal charges because of your pets.  Pennsylvania has detailed laws relating to the proper care of domestic animals.  There are laws about how much space each species of animal needs, as well as about veterinary care that the animals require.  Most of the time, when people get in trouble with… Read More »

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Yes, You Can Get Criminal Charges For Kidnapping Your Own Child

By Gary E. Gerson |

Kids can be a handful, but nothing is worse than being separated from your children against your will.  The worst thing about divorce is having the court dictate when you can and cannot spend time with your children.  While the possibility of receiving criminal penalties for failure to follow a court-ordered parenting plan is… 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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York Mother Faces Attempted Homicide Charges For Allegedly Stabbing 5-Year-Old Daughter

By Gary E. Gerson |

For the 13th consecutive month, parents across the country are at their breaking point.  The emotional and financial stress of the pandemic never seems to end, on top of the emotional and financial stress that the parents of young children were already dealing with before the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Pennsylvania. … Read More »

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New Episode of True Crime Series Features 2012 Pennsylvania Murder Case

By Gary E. Gerson |

Despite making up slightly more than half of the population, women represent only about 20 percent of defendants in criminal cases.  When a woman gets accused of a crime for which a conviction carries a long prison sentence, such as drug trafficking or obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars through fraud, a media circus… Read More »

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