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  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenses No Longer Legal in PA
    Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenses No Longer Legal in PA

    Pennsylvania Courts continue to follow in line with U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alleyne. I had recently blogged in August 2014, that the United State Supreme Court had ruled that juries, not judges ...

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  • What is Deportation?
    What is Deportation?

    Deportation is formal removal from the United States, which should not be confused with inadmissibility. WHAT IS DEPORTATION? Deportation is the formal removal of an alien from the United States ...

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  • Social Media as a Defense Source for Sex Crimes
    Social Media as a Defense Source for Sex Crimes

    Court allows defendant's use of victim's social media account postings to refute allegations of rape despite Rape Shield Law. I had previously blogged on this issue, when I discussed the possible ...

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  • Use of a Computer Forensic Expert in Child Pornography Cases
    Use of a Computer Forensic Expert in Child Pornography Cases

    Should we or shouldn't we retain an expert? One of the first things that I discuss with a client is whether or not we should retain our own computer expert. The prosecution certainly has theirs. The ...

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  • Portion of SORNA or Megan's Law IV Held Unconstitutional
    Portion of SORNA or Megan's Law IV Held Unconstitutional

    A provision of Megan's Law IV or the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act ("SORNA") that requires in person registration is unconstitutional. In the case of Coppolino v. Comm'r of the Pa. ...

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  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Drug Offenses With Firearms- Still Legal In Pennsylvania?
    Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Drug Offenses With Firearms- Still Legal In Pennsylvania?

    The Alleyne decision renders those Pennsylvania mandatory minimum sentencing statutes that do not pertain to prior convictions constitutionally infirm. The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ...

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