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June 2, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA MAN SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGES STATE’S “MEGAN’S LAW”

An anonymous defendant successfully challenged Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law statute and was found not to be subject to its community notification provision. The man, convicted of sexually assaulting an eleven year-old girl in New Jersey, was sentenced to five years probation and parole supervision for life. In the sentencing report, the judge found defendant was unlikely to repeat such offense and that this incident was likely the result of intoxication. The man chose to serve his sentence in Pennsylvania in accordance with the Interstate...

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Posted in: Sex Crimes & Abuse Allegations

June 2, 2008

DRUNK DRIVER DETAINED BY PARAMEDIC HELD LAWFUL

The case involved a DUI charge from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The defendant was stopped by an off-duty paramedic; who was still in uniform, driving a minivan. The paramedic called 911 when he noticed a vehicle being operated suspiciously. He asked the defendant to turn into a nearby gas station. The paramedic notified the defendant that he intended to call 911, and asked that the defendant turn-off his vehicle and relinquish the keys. The police arrived shortly after, concluded that the defendant was intoxicated, and arrested defendant for DUI and possession of marijuana. The...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes