Forensic Evidence – Is it reliable?

Forensic Evidence – Is it reliable?   Generally one may think that the criminal cases are often won or lost based on what forensic evidence is presented to jurors. However, this article reveals that even forensic evidence can be fallible. The reality is that not all forensic scientific evidence is backed up with rigorous scientific research. Throughout the article you will see how different types of forensic evidence made its way into the courtroom. It discusses the reliance by the prosecutors, FBI and the defense. What is interesting about the chronological studies is the way that science has evolved in order to form a more “exact” science as used in the courtroom. I encourage you to read how the forensic evidence was first used and how it is being used today. Evidence refers to information or objects that may be admitted into court for judges and juries to consider when hearing a case. Evidence can come from varied sources [more]

Rape Kits - How important are they?

Rape Kits - How important are they?Rape Kits – How important are they?   By Steven C. Townsend I recently won a rape / sex assault trial where DNA was a crucial piece of evidence obtained by a rape kit. How significant was the evidence? The DNA extracted from the rape kit showed that my client was excluded from the profiles obtained. What is so disturbing is what happened during trial.   On cross examination of the lead detective, I asked if he was the he requested the rape kit and the other samples for testing. He agreed that he requested the rape kit and submitted it for testing. How important or significant was this evidence? Apparently it was not significant enough for the detective to review the final analysis of the rape kit. He testified that he had no idea what the results of the rape kit showed or the DNA testing. This is after there was dozens of samples [more]

Juvenile Lifer Injustice

Juvenile Lifer Injustice Juvenile Lifer Injustice You may be surprised to learn that some courts are applying a 2012 sentencing statute while sentencing juvenile lifers who were convicted prior to the enactment of the law.  The statute specifically states that it only applies to those convicted after 2012.  So how can a juvenile lifer be sentenced under that particular sentencing scheme?  It's happening, but it isn't happening with uniformity.   In Allegheny County the District Attorney's Office is taking a hard line.  They are not negotiating with any juvenile lifer regardless of the circumstances.  Every juvenile lifer will receive either a maximum term of life or a term of life without parole.  This is not the case in other counties across our state.  Why, because there is no sentencing scheme enacted to provide the courts with guidance. Representing criminal defendants and juvenile lifer clients is a very difficult job.  The job becomes even more difficult when [more]

You only get one chance

You only get one chance   Serious crimes warrant a serious defense. The experience, dedication, and strategy of your Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer will make the difference in your case. Pittsburgh attorney Steven C. Townsend represents all those who face state and federal charges. Steven Townsend, is a leading Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney with an unprecedented reputation of integrity, professionalism, experience and results. With Eddy DeLuca Gravina & Townsend in your corner, you can trust that you made the right decision.           If you are being investigated or have been charged with a crime, and/or arrested, you need immediate legal help. As a Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer, Steven C. Townsend will take the necessary time to meet with you to understand your situation so he can best proceed in your defense. Regardless of the crime,  Steven C. Townsend will take immediate action to ensure that your rights are protected.        Many of our clients have never been involved with [more]

Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accidents    Pittsburgh Automobile Accidents Lawyers Hundreds of people get injured or killed in car accidents each year. These accidents will likely leave a lasting effect on the lives of people and their families for years to come. THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE IN PENNSYLVANIA By Thomas Gravina AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE IN PENNSYLVANIA First and Foremost: “Limited Tort" Option: Pennsylvania has adopted the “Limited Tort” Option. This Option limits your right and the right of members of your household to seek financial compensation for injuries caused by other drivers. Under the Limited Tort form of insurance your recovery for injuries sustained by yourself or other household members is severely limited. Although you may seek recovery for all medical and other out-of-pocket expenses, you may not sue for pain and suffering or other non-monetary damages with some exceptions. You or other members of your household may only sue for pain and suffering if your injuries fall within the definition [more]

The state knows where medical errors are harming patients. But it won’t tell you.

The state knows where medical errors are harming patients. But it won’t tell you.   Last year, 253 people in Pennsylvania died under circumstances for which a medical professional may have been responsible.   The state knows where these deaths happens — which hospitals, care homes and other medical facilities — but it doesn’t allow you to know.   The agency tasked with keeping data on medical errors and related issues in the the state is the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. It collects hundreds of thousands of reports a year from designated safety officers of medical facilities.   Ninety-seven percent of the roughly 239,000 incidents recorded in 2015 were “near misses,” lapses in safety protocol that were noticed, but did not harm a patient.   More than 7,700 reports recounted “serious events,” in which a patient was harmed. More than half of these cases were complications related to procedures, treatments and tests. Medication error, adverse drug reactions and patient falls, among other issues, made up the rest.   If you want to find out how [more]


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