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Evans City Man Accused Of Indecent Assault Of Teen After Registering On Megan’s List

By Gary E. Gerson |

When criminal defense lawyers discuss possible sentences for crimes, sometimes in the context of plea deals, the discussion tends to center on avoiding prison time.  Criminal cases result in the defendant pleading guilty more than nine times as often as they result in the case going to trial.  This is because, by pleading guilty,… Read More »

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Was It Malicious Prosecution, Or Was The State Protecting Potential Victims?

By Gary E. Gerson |

United States law considers liberty a fundamental human right, and the state does not have the right to take away your liberty by detaining you in a jail or prison except as a punishment for a crime, although, in practice, there are some exceptions.  Judges can decide to hold a defendant in jail until… Read More »

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North Huntingdon Township Man Faces Criminal Charges For Rape Of Drinking Buddy

By Gary E. Gerson |

When you and your college classmates used to joke that a certain socially awkward guy who lived in your dorm looked like a rapist, those rumors were not only cruel; they were also wildly inaccurate.  There is no one way that rapists look. In fact, the only characteristic common to the majority of rapists… Read More »

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Black Creek Township Man Faces Charges For Possession Of Hundreds Of Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

By Gary E. Gerson |

Social attitudes toward sexuality have become less puritanical in recent decades, and laws have changed in accordance with this.  The underlying idea is that people are free to live their sexuality as they choose, as long as in doing so, they do not harm anyone.  Thus, sexuality activity between consenting adults is legal regardless… Read More »

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Jury Convicts Elmhurst Man Of Sexually Abusing Preteen Girl Over A Five-Year Period

By Gary E. Gerson |

The story of this week’s case would still be horrific even if it were only an account of the allegations against the defendant.  Physical acts of sexual abuse of children are traumatic enough in themselves, but there is much more to the victims’ ordeal than just the physical violence.  The fear and emotional manipulation… Read More »

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CrimDefense

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Overturns Bill Cosby’s Conviction Because Prosecution Violated His Right To Due Process

By Gary E. Gerson |

Years ago, when the accusations against Bill Cosby first began to surface, people who had grown up seeing him on television in family-friendly shows were shocked.  Cosby’s public persona made him the last person that people would suspect of committing sexual assault; in all his public roles, he seemed like a moral and altruistic… Read More »

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Crum Lynne Man Faces Human Trafficking Charges for Confining Woman to Hotel Room and Forcing Her to Engage in Sex Work

By Gary E. Gerson |

There is a growing movement to legalize sex work, as long as the parties are consenting adults.  Proponents of this reform believe that a person has the right to choose whether to trade sexual acts for money.  Even those who favor decriminalizing sex work believe that sexual exploitation of others should be illegal; in… Read More »

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Shippensburg Man Faces Felony Charges for Soliciting Teen on Facebook Messenger

By Gary E. Gerson |

Every tattoo has a story, but in the case of facial tattoos, the story is never short.  Many tattoo artists refuse to apply ink to the faces of clients unless they already have tattoos on other parts of their body, in other words, unless they have already experienced how a person’s feelings toward a… Read More »

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Titusville Gym Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Student

By Gary E. Gerson |

Sexual abuse of minors is very prevalent.  By some estimates, one in four women and one in nine men were sexually abused before they reached adulthood.  Given that most adults care so much about protecting children from abuse, and given that teachers and healthcare providers have a legal responsibility to report cases of suspected… Read More »

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Pennsylvania Man’s 33-Year Sentence for Sex Trafficking

By Gary E. Gerson |

The stereotype about human trafficking is that it involves bringing people into the country illegally and forcing them to work in dangerous conditions for little or no pay.  One famous depiction of human trafficking in the popular media is in the 2004 movie Crash, where the character played by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges finds a… Read More »

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