Local Doctor is Not Guilty - Prescription Drug Conspiracy

Local Doctor is Not Guilty - Prescription Drug ConspiracyDoctor found not guilty of illegally prescribing medication Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   A doctor who was charged with illegally prescribing medication to a staff member out of an East Liberty women's clinic was found not guilty on all counts Wednesday. John P. Barrett, 42, of Mt. Lebanon was charged in March with three counts, including selling a controlled substance, illegally dispensing and illegally administering a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, the Allegheny Women's Center, at 121 N. Highland Ave., which has since closed, was receiving large quantities of Diethylpropion, an obesity medication. There were approximately 20,000 pills unaccounted for over a four-year period from the clinic. Investigators said they found the medicine was being used by Mark Wagner, a lab tech, who took it to treat anxiety and depression. But prosecutors said Mr. Wagner was not a patient of Dr. Barrett, the clinic's director, or Dr. Alton Lawson, and that the man's psychiatrist was not [more]

Release of Lease - Are you entitlted to a release?

Release of Lease - Are you entitlted to a release?Obtaining a Release of Lease from the oil and gas industry has been a very tedious process. If you need advice, please give us a call to discuss your particular circumstances.   What happens if you believe that your lease is either expired or terminated.  Whether you believe that no production has occurred, haven't been paid your upfront bonus or delay rentals, or any number of other reasons you can now force the oil and gas company to take action.  The Governor is expected to sign legislation that will assist landowners in obtaining a Release of Lease if the landowner initiates the process. House Bill No. 401 was introduced in January 2013 and has had may opportunities to become law.  The last revisions were made on June 27, 2014 and has been passed by both the House and Senate.  The Bill is in on the Governor's desk for signature.  We will keep you advised [more]

Ineffective Assistance Waivers- No More

Ineffective Assistance Waivers- No MoreNew DOJ policy bans waiver of potential ineffective-assistance claims against defense counsel - No More Ineffective Assistance Waivers. In a new policy announced Tuesday that is effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Justice says an individual who takes a plea cannot waive a potential ineffective assistance claim against his or her legal counsel by doing so. That means federal prosecutors can no longer include such waiver language in plea bargain documents and that waivers in earlier documents that have already been signed should not be enforced, the Washington Post (reg. req.) reports. Before this week, 35 of the Justice Department’s 94 U.S. attorney’s offices still used the waiver, the Post reported. “Everyone in this country who faces criminal legal action deserves the opportunity to make decisions with the assistance of effective legal counsel,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in a DOJ press release. “Under this policy, no defendant will have to [more]

Underage Drinking

Underage DrinkingHow an Underage Drinking charge can affect your record? In Pennsylvania, a charge of Underage Drinking can be located on a public government database.  When a student is charged with Underage Drinking, the citation and hearing is filed and heard before a Magisterial District Court in Pittsburgh.  The particular docket sheet of the case can be found on the database http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJ.aspx. Many of the background search companies upload the database and either provide the information for free on their site or sell it to subscribers.   Now, many of the Internet background search companies upload the entire database from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), so the company has the records of all persons charged in Pennsylvania before a specific request is made. The minimum penalties for underage drinking are as follows: • A fine of up to $500 plus court costs. • A 90-day suspension for the first offense. • A one (1) year suspension [more]

City Charter High School Takes 2nd Place in International Competition - Moscow

City Charter High School Takes 2nd Place in International Competition - MoscowCity Charter High School As Solicitor for City Charter High School - Pittsburgh,  I’m proud to attach an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding the schools “SAGE” team, which finished 2nd in international competition held in Moscow. The administration and staff at City Charter High School have created an environment and culture that allows the students to fulfill their potential at all levels. Adviser Maureen Anderson checks Bryce Johnson's tie as the City Charter High School's SEED (Students Encouraging Environmentalism Downtown) team prepares to rehearse its winning presentation for its appearance at the Pittsburgh School Board. The group won second place in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship's (SAGE) worldwide competition in Moscow last summer.   By Eleanor Chute / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette As a high school student, Bryce Johnson of Brighton Heights didn’t always see himself as able to help change the world. But as part of a City Charter High School team that won [more]

The Civil Case is Still Alive After Ford Found Not Guilty

The Civil Case is Still Alive After Ford Found Not GuiltyDA's decision on retrial of man shot by police overshadows civil lawsuit   Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. will play a key role in whether Leon Ford gets a chance at millions of dollars from a civil lawsuit against Pittsburgh before a federal jury even hears the facts of the case, legal experts said on Tuesday. An Allegheny County jury on Monday acquitted Ford, 21, of Shaler of aggravated assault and deadlocked on five other counts related to a November 2012 traffic stop in Highland Park. He remains charged with recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and escape. Zappala has until Sept. 26 to tell Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen whether his office will retry Ford on those charges. “If the DA decides not to pursue the charges, it's a win for the defense,” Downtown lawyer Steven Townsend said. “The city might as well open its checkbook.” If Zappala pursues and Ford [more]


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