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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Social Media and Self-Incrimination

Derek Medina, the man dubbed The Facebook Killer for posting an alleged confession coupled with photos of his dead wife, pled not guilty to murder charges at the end of August. Medina was charged with second degree murder based in part on his Facebook postings. The use of social media has exploded in modern American […]

Stop-and-Frisk in Pennsylvania

Stop-and-frisk is a police practice of detaining people on the street and searching them. Two years after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit to halt illegal stop-and-frisk practices by the Philadelphia Police Department, a follow-up study concluded that while the use of this tactic has declined, stop-and-frisk practices continue to be misused by […]

The Consequences of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Recently, around 3:00 in the afternoon, a taxi struck a Temple University student who was crossing a Philadelphia street. The vehicle left the scene, leaving her unconscious in the road. She was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Surveillance cameras in the area caught the collision on film, and police are now seeking the […]

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

How much trouble can someone get into with a smartphone? Plenty, it turns out. Distracted driving has become a catchword for all those things drivers do when they stop paying attention, or pay only minimal attention to the road. Distracted driving includes texting, making cell phone calls, answering calls, and talking on a cell phone. […]

I Fought the Law and the Law Won – Resisting Arrest in Pennsylvania

Sometimes people refuse to be taken into custody without a fight. Often the feeling that your arrest is unjust may be subjectively justified. Maybe you already cleared up that warrant, or you know your brother got that ticket but used your name, or you feel you need to come to the aid of your buddy […]

How Your Sentence is Determined Under Pennsylvania Law

A Delaware County court recently sentenced rapper Benie Sigel to 6 to 23 months in jail for his plea to drug charges following last year’s Philadelphia traffic stop which produced a loaded automatic, an excess of cash and various controlled substances.  Sigel will serve his sentence for drug charges concurrently with his current federal prison […]


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