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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 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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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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Jury Convicts Westmoreland County Dad Of Transporting Child In Car With 300 Bricks Of Heroin

By Gary E. Gerson |

If you don’t know this, then the drug charges you are facing are probably not the most serious ones, but a stamp bag is the unit in which injectable drugs, especially those that purport to be heroin, are sold on the street.  The name is in reference to the fact that the original ones… Read More »

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York County Woman Receives Prison Sentence For Providing Drugs That Caused Boyfriend’s Fatal Overdose

By Gary E. Gerson |

Some people will tell you that they knew they had hit rock bottom and get treatment for their substance use disorder after they suffered an overdose where, if one tiny detail had gone differently, they would not still be here.  Others will tell you that rock bottom was when a friend overdosed.  Laws in… Read More »

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Couple Arrested After Using Heroin In Car While 4-Year-Old Daughter Was In The Backseat

By Gary E. Gerson |

The percentage of people who think that drugs are always bad is becoming lower and lower, but almost everyone can agree that drugs are worse when children are present.  Likewise, even if it is harmless fun to consume alcohol or cannabis at a party and then dance the night away or sit on the… Read More »

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Mother Charged With Child Endangerment After Police Use Naloxone To Revive Baby Who Ingested Heroin

By Gary E. Gerson |

Naloxone, an intranasal drug that quickly reverses the effects of opioids, saves lives.  It has prevented many thousands of opioid overdose deaths since first responders began carrying it several years ago.  If you visit a sobriety support group or read people’s online journals of sobriety, you will hear stories of people who suffered what… Read More »

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Sunbury Grandpa Released From Prison After Serving 10 Years Of Sentence For Trafficking In Cannabis

By Gary E. Gerson |

It is an understatement to say that the discourse about cannabis has changed during our lifetimes.  Subsequent cohorts of young people have smoked what they referred to as reefers, doobies, pot, bud, weed, and trees, and after decades of discussion about the legal status of “medical marijuana,” most states now have medical cannabis programs,… Read More »

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Police Find Heroin Stash In Hempfield Man’s Home For The Second Time In Two Years

By Gary E. Gerson |

You might assume that, if someone was arrested for possessing $15,000 worth of heroin at the beginning of the pandemic, that they would be in prison by now, unless, of course, their defense lawyer had been able to persuade the judge that it was all a misunderstanding and get the charges dropped.  Things rarely… Read More »

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Mount Airy Couple Charged With Drug Distribution And Held On Million Dollar Bond

By Gary E. Gerson |

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects against cruel and unusual punishment, including excessive financial penalties before or after a conviction.  This means that fines as a criminal penalty should not be disproportionate to the crime and that bail amounts should not be disproportionate to the amount of danger the defendant, who… Read More »

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