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  • SORNA - Act 10 And 29 of February 21, 2018 Faces Constitutional Challenge
    SORNA - Act 10 And 29 of February 21, 2018 Faces Constitutional Challenge

    The newest iteration of the Sexual Offenders Registration and Notification Act (Act 10 and 29 of February 21, 2018, eff. immed.) was determined by a County Judge in Montgomery to be unconstitutional ...

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  • Engle Named Independent General Counsel for the Harrisburg ICA
    Engle Named Independent General Counsel for the Harrisburg ICA

    At its meeting held on April 24, 2019, the Harrisburg Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (“ICA”) named Jeffrey Engle, Esq. as its independent general counsel. The ICA consists of a five member ...

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  • "Chalking Tires" is an Unconstitutional Search

    In the wake of U.S. v. Jones (GPS device attached to the car to monitor movement- illegal search), the 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals has rendered a similar determination. That is, the monitoring of ...

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  • Use of
    Use of "Similar Crimes" Evidence by the Defense

    In Pennsylvania, we tend to hear about how the prosecution is able to use “evidence of prior bad acts” to show the defendant’s character only if it’s being used to prove “motive, opportunity, intent, ...

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  • Date Rape and the Defense of 'Mistake of Fact'
    Date Rape and the Defense of 'Mistake of Fact'

    I have dealt with many sexual assault cases in the past where there is a genuine mistake of the fact as to whether or not the victim has consented to the particular circumstances that lead to the ...

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  • Right to Speedy Trial
    Right to Speedy Trial

    By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Criminal Trial Lawyer, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania In Pennsylvania, the rules of court provide that a criminal defendant must be brought to trial from the date of ...

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