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August 28, 2008

Pennsylvania Superior Court Upholds Conviction of Attempted Murder, Despite Absence of Deadly Weapon

A man convicted of attempted murder of a police officer, and aggravated assault in relation to others, recently had his convictions upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Edmond Jackson was convicted on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault, stemming from a shooting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2004. Police officers were investigating a shooting which had occurred earlier in the day of the incident, when Jackson and others approached the officers and the people they were questioning. Jackson and the other men were armed and began shooting at the officers and civilians....

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August 20, 2008

Pennsylvania Man Given Permission to Enter ARD Program, Despite Being Convicted of a Prior Felony Which was Expunged

A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court decision upheld a ruling by the Court of Common Please, York County, allowing a defendant with a prior felony conviction to enter an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program; following his arrest for Driving Under the Influence. Brian Fleming was arrested and charged with two counts of Driving Under the Influence and a summary traffic offense in March of 2007. He applied for acceptance into the ARD program, which is a program for first-time offenders who would like to...

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August 18, 2008

Recorded Phone Conversation Ruled Inadmissible in Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Case

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently upheld a Trial Court’s decision that a taped phone conversation between a child and her alleged abuser was inadmissible at trial. David Deck, a resident of Cumberland County, was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and sexual abuse of children, when the child accusing Deck of the abuse gave police a tape-recorded phone conversation between the two parties. Deck was living with his girlfriend and her minor daughter, who claimed that Deck was sexually abusing...

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August 15, 2008

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Requires More than Police Experience to Constitute Probable Cause to Search Following a Perceived Drug Deal

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania man, who was arrested outside of a bar when patrolling police officers witnessed what they perceived to be a drug deal, has had his conviction overturned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Philadelphia Police were driving by when they observed the defendant exit the bar and approach a man who had been standing out front. The officers, experienced members of the Narcotics Field Unit, parked their vehicle and observed the defendant engage in conversation with the man. The officers saw the defendant hand the man currency with his left hand and receive some...

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August 13, 2008

Charges Filed in International Credit Card Fraud Ring

The United States Department of Justice has charged eleven people in connection with an international credit card fraud ring; three U.S. citizens, including an informant for the United States Secret Service, and the rest citizens of Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus, and China. This hacking and identity theft case is said to be the largest of its kind to ever be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. The defendants allegedly hacked into the wireless computer networks of TJX Cos., BJ’s Wholesale Club, Office Max, Boston Market, Barnes and Noble, Sports Authority, Forever 21, and DSW, where they...

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