Supreme Court says convicted felons can sell their guns

Supreme Court says convicted felons can sell their gunsSupreme Court says convicted felons can sell their guns  By By SAM HANANEL WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities. The justices sided with Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who agreed to turn over his collection of 19 firearms to the FBI as a condition of release after he was arrested and charged with distributing marijuana. After he pleaded guilty, Henderson wanted to sell the weapons valued at more than $3,500 to a friend, or transfer them to his wife. But lower courts found that doing so would technically give Henderson possession of the weapons in violation of the law. Prosecutors also said they were concerned that Henderson's friend or wife might give him access to the weapons. Writing for the court, Justice Elena [more]

Immunity Cannot be Unilaterally Revoked by the Attorney General

Immunity Cannot be Unilaterally Revoked by the Attorney GeneralJUDGE RULES THAT THE IMMUNITY AGREEMENT CANNOT BE REVOKED   A Beaver County Judge ruled that the Attorney General cannot unilaterally revoke an immunity agreement siding with the defense attorney, Steven Townsend. Read the Opinion The immunity agreement reached with the Attorney General's Office was the point of contention in a motion filed by Mr. Ochs.  Ochs alleges that he never breached the immunity agreement but the AG's office unilaterally revoked the agreement and did so without reservation.  The Court agreed with Ochs and held that the government can't do as they wish on a "whim" or without oversight.  The court also denied the AG's request to have this matter sent back to the presiding grand jury [more]

Coraopolis Police Chief To Stand Trial In Violent Crash Case

Coraopolis Police Chief To Stand Trial In Violent Crash Case   The Coraopolis police chief pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges connected with a crash on University Boulevard that left a woman seriously injured, and witnesses described what they saw moments before the crash.   Alan DeRusso is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person and a handful of driving violations after an August crash in neighboring Moon Township that sent him and another driver to the hospital. VIDEO Allegheny County police said in court papers that they could find no emergency that DeRusso would have been responding to that would have justified him running a red light on University Boulevard on the morning of Aug. 7.   The police chief was driving an unmarked police car toward Coraopolis when he crossed Thorn Run Road and T-boned a vehicle driven by Kristy Sue Grazier, who spent six days in the hospital with serious internal injuries and a concussion.   "Evidence will come out that 95 percent [more]

Natural gas royalties lawsuit hinges on transaction date

Natural gas royalties lawsuit hinges on transaction date A class-action lawsuit over natural gas royalties hinges on the question of when the company sold the gas, an industry expert said Friday. “The issue of when title passes will likely be the most important aspect of this trial,” said Steven Townsend of ShaleAdvice LLC. Nine Greene County property owners claim in the lawsuit that Energy Corporation of America improperly charged them for transmission and marketing costs when it sold the gas extracted from their properties to its marketing affiliate, Eastern Marketing Corp. The company contends it paid royalties without deductions on what Eastern Marketing paid it, which was the price at which Eastern Marketing sold the gas to third parties minus the transport and marketing costs. Consequently, Energy Corp. did not charge the owners any transport or marketing costs. Robert Sanders, one of the attorneys for the property owners, declined to comment. Lawyers for the company could not be reached. The amount in [more]

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challenged

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challengedDeath Penalty -- [JURIST]  Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge [petition; press release] on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional intrusion of state executive power into the realm of the legislature and courts. In the press release, Williams stated, "[t]he people who are most grateful for this 'moratorium' on capital punishment are the guiltiest, cruelest, most vicious killers on death row." The challenge comes in response to Wolf's decision last Friday to stay all executions [JURIST report], calling the state justice system "error prone." In issuing temporary reprieves for all death-row prisoners, Wolf's decision has at least temporarily spared Terrance Williams from execution, a man whose case Seth Williams used in his challenge [AP report] as an explanation of the value [more]

Gov. Wolf signs order banning new gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania public lands

Gov. Wolf signs order banning new gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania public landsGov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on drilling in parks, forests. Banning Drilling   HARRISBURG (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf today signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests.   The new Democratic governor signed the executive order before a small group of people who braved frigid temperatures to witness the event at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Rush State Park. He said the moratorium was rooted in a “deep-seated and profound respect” for state parks.   “This is a beautiful state and this is one way we can promote that and protect it,” he said.   Wolf, who also campaigned on a pledge to impose a 5 percent extraction tax on natural gas drilling to raise money for public schools and other programs, reiterated that he wants the gas [more]

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