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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SEXTING Don’t underestimate the consequences of SEXTING Call or text Steven C. Townsend for a FREE CONSULTATION. 412-901-7352 A conviction for teen sexting or child pornography can have extremely serious consequences. If you or your child is charged with such a crime as a result of teen sexting, you should contact Pittsburgh Attorney Steven C. Townsend, He has the experience handling these types of cases in juvenile and criminal court. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide you with appropriate legal advice and inform you of the potential consequences of a conviction, including under what circumstances juvenile defendants may be required to register as sex offenders. Steven C. Townsend can tell you what to expect in court and help to you prepare the strongest possible defense. Sexting is the sending of nude or suggestive photographs by text message, and, when teenagers do it, it can be illegal. Pennsylvania lawmakers have enacted a specific [more]

Non-Compete Clause Invalid

Non-Compete Clause Invalid  http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Supreme/out/J-40-2015mo%20-%201024417455714166.pdf?cb=1 Non-Compete Clause: not always what is seems The Pennsylvania Supreme Court once again showed its disfavor of Non-Compete clauses in the workplace.  The Non-Compete line of cases is lengthy in Pennsylvania and the courts have consistently held the employer to a very strict burden.   This case demonstrates that the language of the Uniform Written Obligations Act does not supersede the requirements of a Non-Compete Clause.  Simply placing the "magic language" of being legally bound into an Non-Compete agreement will not suffice as consideration. "In this appeal by allowance, we consider an issue of first impression: whether the enforcement of an employment agreement containing a restrictive covenant not to compete, entered into after the commencement of employment, may be challenged by an employee for a lack of consideration, where the agreement, by its express terms, states that the parties “intend to be legally bound,” which language implicates the insulating effect of the Uniform Written Obligations [more]

Ex-Coraopolis police chief pleads guilty in crash that seriously injured him, other driver

Ex-Coraopolis police chief pleads guilty in crash that seriously injured him, other driver By Jonathan D. Silver / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Former Coraopolis police chief Alan DeRusso, who pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from a crash he caused last year that seriously injured another driver, has no memory of the incident, his attorney said. “This is the main reason why he decided to plead guilty,” lawyer Steven C. Townsend said. “Due to the severity of the accident, he basically lost memory from two weeks prior to the accident to a week after. He doesn’t remember anything.” Mr. DeRusso, 56, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person. As part of the plea deal, the Allegheny County district attorney’s office agreed to drop one felony count of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Sentencing is set for Jan. 28 before Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani. The crash occurred at 8:14 a.m. Aug. 7, 2014, at Route 51 and Thorn Run Road in Moon. Moon [more]

Cases moved to juvenile court for teens accused of multi-state crime spree

Cases moved to juvenile court for teens accused of multi-state crime spree A hearing was held Friday for two Ohio teenagers accused of going on a multi-state crime spree in June that included a robbery in Elizabeth.  Rose May, 15, and Triston Kindle, 16, appeared before a judge and learned that their cases will be moved to juvenile court. “Having them transferred back to the juvenile court is significant so they can get into some kind of treatment, for rehabilitation vs. punitive consequences in criminal court,” said Steve Townsend, May’s attorney.  The teenagers are accused of committing multiple crimes in three states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Police said the spree started in Ohio, where the teens stole guns and a truck. They then made their way to Pennsylvania, where they were allegedly behind a robbery during which an officer was dragged by a vehicle at a BP gas station in Elizabeth. The duo eluded authorities for several days before surrendering in West Virginia.  Townsend said it [more]

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