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March 6, 2014

United States Supreme Court Rules No Warrant Needed To Enter Home

The Supreme Court recently ruled that police do not always need a warrant to search your property. As long as two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested, police may enter the residence. This contradicts previous case law from 2006. Prior to this new decision, when there was a disagreement between two occupants about allowing officers to enter, the refusal by one party would have kept authorities from entering the home, without a search. The majority of the Justices now say police need not take the time to get a...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

March 4, 2014

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines to Apply “Good Faith Exception”

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued an opinion declining to apply the “good faith exception” for an individual’s arrest. In March of 2010, a Pennsylvania State Trooper received radio communication that a vehicle was involved in a drug transaction, and then observed that the vehicle had a broken tail light. The Trooper initiated a traffic stop for the vehicle. The Trooper requested identification from the defendant, driver of the vehicle. After processing the defendant’s name through his patrol car...

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Posted in: Drug Crimes

February 11, 2014

US Supreme Court Struggles with Child Pornography Restitution

Justices at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the difficult question of whether a person convicted of downloading and possessing two computer images of child pornography can be forced to pay $3.4 million in restitution to the child-victim depicted in the two illicit images. The justices are examining how judges are to award restitution payments to victims identified in confiscated images of

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January 9, 2014

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Search of Automobile

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently reviewed a case involving “live-stop” procedures. A police Corporal in Harrisburg, PA initiated a vehicle stop after the defendant was observed entering the flow of traffic without using a turn signal. The vehicle, driven by the defendant, pulled over and came to rest with the passenger side tires close to the curb so that the vehicle was not blocking traffic or causing a safety hazard. The defendant was found to be driving under a suspended license and without the required emissions sticker. The defendant was placed under arrest and the...

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December 24, 2013

Pennsylvania seeks to Increase Penalties for Child Pornography Crimes

The Pennsylvania State Senate recently approved a bill to increase the degree of child pornography crimes. The bill was approved in response to the Jerry Sandusky and Catholic clergy molestation scandals that have occurred in Pennsylvania. Under the new bill; producing, disseminating or viewing child pornography would be considered more serious crimes if the material depicts

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Posted in: Child Pornography, Sex Crimes & Abuse Allegations