Survivalist gets probation for 8 Molotov cocktails

Survivalist gets probation for 8 Molotov cocktails A Collier man claiming to be part of a New York survivalist group pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing eight Molotov cocktails in his home last December. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski sentenced Jacob Leo Phillips IV, 24, to five months of probation. Collier police joined agents from the ATF and FBI in serving a search warrant Dec. 8 on Phillips' home, where they found the eight homemade fire bombs, according to the criminal complaint against Phillips. The complaint said Phillips and his landlord said they were both members of the New York-based Minutemen Militia, though defense attorney Steven Townsend said it was actually the “Watchmen,” which was more of a survivalist group than a militia. “It's not a proactive organization, more of a reactive one ... He was in the infancy stages, just getting his feet wet with this group,” Townsend said. “He's now severed all ties.” The only training Phillips had [more]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Strict Texas Abortion Law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Strict Texas Abortion Law Strict Abortion Law Stricken By: Pete Williams The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down one of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women's groups said would have forced more than three-quarters of the state's clinics to shut down. The decision was 5-3. Passed in 2013, the law said clinics providing abortion services must meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. And it required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Since the law was passed, the number of clinics providing abortion services in Texas dropped to 19 from 42. Opponents said that number would fall to ten if the Supreme Court upheld the law. The Center for Reproductive Rights called the law "an absolute sham," arguing that abortion patients rarely require hospitalization and that many patients simply take two pills. Abortion Rights Advocate: 'Women Across America Constitutional Rights Vindicated'  Justice Stephen G. Breyer in writing the majority opinion [more]

You and the Police

You and the Police You and the Police Please view more to review this FREE Brochure. What are your responsibilities and rights when dealing with the police?  How should you interact with the police?  What happens if you are pulled over or are requested to consent to a search by [more]

Police: Use of Excessive Force

Police: Use of Excessive ForceAnother example of using Excessive Force http://www.wtae.com/news/pittsburgh-police-sergeant-seen-in-controversial-heinz-field-arrest-video-fired/38300198 Pittsburgh police sergeant seen in controversial Heinz Field arrest video fired   The city has fired Pittsburgh police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich, who was suspended after the violent arrest of an allegedly intoxicated man during the WPIAL football championships at Heinz Field. Wednesday, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich upheld an earlier decision by Police Chief Cameron McLay that Matakovich had appealed.   Matakovich is out of his job, but he has one last avenue to try to win it back. VIDEO: Watch Bob Mayo's report "We have faith in both Sgt Matakovich's criminal defense attorneys as well as the criminal justice system. The FOP will continue the internal process, which is arbitration at this point," police union local President Howard McQuillan told Pittsburgh's Action News 4.   Attorney Bryan Campbell, who represents the FOP, believes the union can win back Matakovich's job.   "He wants to remain on the department. He's been on the department for a [more]

Juvenile - life sentence for murder wins high court reprieve

Juvenile - life sentence for murder wins high court reprieve Juvenile Lifers WASHINGTON — Juvenile -  The Supreme Court offered a chance for freedom Monday to hundreds of convicted juvenile murderers given mandatory sentences of life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. The justices ruled 6-3 that child killers locked away for life as long as a half century ago deserve the same consideration as those under 18 who commit murders today. The court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violated the Constitution. The decision means that as many as 1,500 prisoners, some convicted when they were as young as 13, can seek reduced sentences or apply for parole. States retain the right to uphold life sentences, but they no longer can be mandatory. Most of those affected are consolidated in a few states — notably Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. They are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes some of them committed decades ago when they were teenagers.   "Allowing those offenders to be considered [more]

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Testimonials As Pittsburgh Attorneys, there are few things more important to us than our reputation, and we do everything we can to achieve successful results for our clients.  Here are a few of their testimonials Low Speed Impact Rear-End Collision Plaintiff, a 68-year-old female with asymptomatic spinal stenosis. Following collision, causing only $1,900 to Plaintiff’s vehicle, she became symptomatic and required surgical laminectomy. Settlement achieved in excess of $140,000. To: Thomas Gravina, Esquire, My wife and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your great work settling our auto accident case. The final agreement had exceeded our expectations. Your knowledge of the system as well as in depth medical knowledge allowed us to concentrate on regaining my wife’s health. As we learned auto insurance can be a very complicated system. It is also important to note that your associate Franci made sure we knew the status of our claim at all [more]


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