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  • PA House Passes Bill to Increase Child Abuse Vigilance in Wake of Sandusky
    PA House Passes Bill to Increase Child Abuse Vigilance in Wake of Sandusky

    Alleged perpetrator must be interviewed or attempts made under Bill. Under the PA House Bill, efforts are to be made to interview the alleged suspect of a child abuse. These efforts, while laudable, ...

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  • Indirect Criminal Contempt Under the Protection From Abuse Act
    Indirect Criminal Contempt Under the Protection From Abuse Act

    A person subjected to an arrest for an indirect criminal contempt of a PFA has certain rights. According to Pennsylvania Code Title 23: Where the police, sheriff, or the plaintiff have filed charges ...

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  • Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Law and Its Interplay with Custody
    Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Law and Its Interplay with Custody

    A few changes in 2013 and 2014 to the Child Protective Services Law ("CPSL") have two major changes involving child custody. The newly-enacted law focused on enhancing child protection emerged after ...

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  • Child-Counselor Privilege Does Not Exclude Testimony in Expungement Proceedings
    Child-Counselor Privilege Does Not Exclude Testimony in Expungement Proceedings

    Normally privileged conversations between a counselor and a child are not excluded from testimony at a child abuse expungement hearing . Typically, any communications that a person, including kids, ...

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  • Expungement of Protection from Abuse Act Records
    Expungement of Protection from Abuse Act Records

    A defendant in a Protection from Abuse Act ("PFAA") may have the inherent right to have their record expunged. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Carlacci v. Mazaleski, 568 Pa. 471, 798 A.2d 186, 2002 ...

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  • 'Sexting' Statute Declared Void for Vagueness
    'Sexting' Statute Declared Void for Vagueness

    A trial court in Lehigh County recently declared the Sexual Abuse of Children statute Constitutionally infirm as applied to a juvenile. In re C. S., 2012 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 403 (Pa. County ...

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