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]

Charges Withdrawn - Transfer of a Firearm

Charges Withdrawn - Transfer of a Firearm Transfer of a Firearm My client was charged with a felon and a misdemeanor after he "legally" attempted to transfer and purchase a firearm. Charges Withdrawn. The case began in September of 2014 and finally came to an end in January 2015. After 4 appearances before the Magisterial District Judge, the District Attorney's Office agreed that the case should be withdrawn. The client had a Misdemeanor 1 conviction for a DUI back in 2006, which carries a possible penalty of more than one year of incarceration.  However, we were able to successfully resolve this case with a complete withdrawal of the charges. Although the case took several months and court appearances, it demonstrates that you should rarely waive your right to a Preliminary Hearing.  The District Attorney kept advising the client and me that the best thing for him to do would be to waive his right to the hearing and they would allow [more]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopts stricter standards for lawyers investing money for clients

Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopts stricter standards for lawyers investing money for clientsPennsylvania Supreme Court Lawyers who invest money for clients soon will be under tighter scrutiny and held to stricter standards through rules the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Tuesday.   “The integrity of our legal system depends a great deal on the professionalism and accountability of attorneys,” Chief Justice Ronald Castille said in a statement the court released.   Castille said the rules “serve as a reminder that attorneys are obligated to live up to the trust people put in them by working diligently and honestly, or face serious consequences.”   The rules, which take effect in 60 days, raise the level of responsibility when attorneys invest client funds. According to the court, the changes were prompted by high-profile incidents across the state, including cases in which clients lost millions of dollars invested by their attorneys. The court did not provide examples.   The rule changes include a Rule of Professional Conduct addition that requires lawyers to be licensed before [more]

Privately funded prosecutor pursues drug cases in Altoona with bad informant.   By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ALTOONA, Pa. — Ryan Scott Eger was a reluctant informant in a town where business pays a premium for the prosecution of pushers. Last year his life as a deliveryman and father dissolved into heroin addiction. A fellow addict approached him with $100. Eger went off and scored four packets of the drug, gave three to his friend and kept one. Eger’s friend, it turned out, was a police informant. Based on the $100 deal, police charged Eger with drug dealing. Police told him he could stay out of jail if he, like his friend, did “controlled buys” of drugs while under surveillance. “I could use drugs. They wouldn’t arrest me,” the 33-year-old Altoona man said in an interview in the Blair County Prison. “I could tell on whoever I wanted,” and police paid $40 per buy. Previous stories in [more]

Firearm Reciprocity

Firearm Reciprocity Do you know where you have firearm reciprocity? Are there exceptions to carrying a firearm without a Pennsylvania License to Carry? A:       License to Carry Firearms is issued to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person or in a vehicle within this Commonwealth. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree. A person who is otherwise eligible to possess a valid license under this chapter but carries a firearm in any vehicle or any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person, except in his place of abode or fixed place of business, without a valid and lawfully issued license and has not committed any other criminal violation commits a misdemeanor of the first degree. Click Here to see more. 18 [more]

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