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  • Insanity Defense may be abandoned by States
    Insanity Defense may be abandoned by States

    U.S. Supreme Court rules that insanity defense may be abandoned by the states in murder cases. In the case of Kahler v. Kansas , No. 18–6135, slip opinion, decided March 23, 2020, the United States ...

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  • Bail Modifications in the Wake of Global Pandemic – Covid 19 (Coronavirus)
    Bail Modifications in the Wake of Global Pandemic – Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

    Conditions of Confinement and Spread of Coronavirus Bail is designed to ensure the future appearance of individuals facing criminal charges. Some of the considerations can be the type of charge ...

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  • Supreme Court Declares All PA Courts Closed Until April 6, 2020
    Supreme Court Declares All PA Courts Closed Until April 6, 2020

    By Order dated March 18, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declared that ALL Pennsylvania Courts are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC . This includes all magisterial district courts, courts of common ...

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  • PA Courts Taking Unprecedented Actions
    PA Courts Taking Unprecedented Actions

    In the wake of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak, we have seen the courts taking unprecedented actions. The PA Supreme Court, by administrative order, has suspended Rule 600 as of Friday, ...

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