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  • U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Padilla v. Kentucky in Deportations
    U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Padilla v. Kentucky in Deportations

    Padilla does not apply retroactively to cases already final on direct review. In CHAIDEZ v. UNITED STATES , No. 11-820. Argued November 1, 2012-Decided February 20, 2013, the United States Supreme ...

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  • Internet Posting of Convicted Megan's Law Lifetime Registrants
    Internet Posting of Convicted Megan's Law Lifetime Registrants

    Provision of Megan's Law requiring internet posting of photographs and information regarding lifetime registrants was not punitive and did not violate ex post facto provisions. The Pennsylvania ...

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  • Indecent Exposure and Open Lewdness- What's the Difference?
    Indecent Exposure and Open Lewdness- What's the Difference?

    Indecent exposure must occur in a public place, outside the confines of one's home or business. Open lewdness may occur in a place open to public view. I had a recent matter that involved establishing ...

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  • Sexual Abuse of Children in PA - What Is It?
    Sexual Abuse of Children in PA - What Is It?

    Despite the title of the offense in the PA Crimes Code, 'Sexual Abuse' need not be any type of actual touching, offensive use of objects, or what one would normally think of as rape or molestation. ...

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  • Texts Messages from One Spouse to Another Admitted in Child Abuse Prosecution
    Texts Messages from One Spouse to Another Admitted in Child Abuse Prosecution

    The Spousal Privilege that protects confidential communications between spouses is outweighed in child sexual and physical abuse prosecutions . Text messages from one spouse to another were admissible ...

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  • The Bail Bonds Process Explained
    The Bail Bonds Process Explained

    When a person is arrested and taken to jail, bond must be paid before that person is allowed to leave jail. Bonding, or "bailing" someone out of jail usually means a friend or family member has ...

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