I turned Mr. Paul in on these charges, and based on the facts that I have been presented, the Commonwealth is overreaching on this case. Steven Townsend By Richard Gazarik and Renatta Signorini Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:06 p.m. Updated 6 hours ago Two people were arrested on Tuesday on charges of providing the heroin […]
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Senate Bill 941–Increases fines for public drunkenness and underage drinking. The bill also makes it a summary offense if a person less than 21 years, attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses or knowingly and intentionally transports alcoholic beverages. Currently a summary offense carries a fine of not more than $300 unless otherwise provided and this legislation increases it to $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for second and subsequent offenses.
“I believe that he’s innocent. I don’t believe that he committed a crime and I believe that that will come out in the end. Unfortunately, he’s left in the situation where he’s probably going to have to take this case to trial,” Townsend said.
Carter remains free on bond and continues to work as an armed security guard.
These are the values I learned in the DA’s office more than a generation ago; the values I sought in a prosecutor’s office when I represented a criminal defendant; the values I believe we all share as stewards of the criminal justice system; and the values that I hope to carry with me in the office as I go forward as the District Attorney.