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Why does every state have its own criminal laws?

November 22, 2011

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Why does every state have its own criminal laws?

Simple view:  Because we’re actually 50 countries that agreed to form a common union to make economics easier by and between us. Look at it this way … Europe is not a country – it’s a geographical area.  France, Germany, Italy, et al., are individual countries.  They decided as a group to join forces in […]

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For me but not for thee? Insider trading by members of the US Congress

November 21, 2011

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For me but not for thee?  Insider trading by members of the US Congress

I don’t understand some things in life.  I do, however, understand a lot.  I get the 2d Law of Thermodynamics, for example. Scientists can use all the big words and symbols that they want, but the most concise statement of the 2d Law is that “eventually, all things turn into sh**.”  I know that geese […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Children & Youth about to get smacked

November 20, 2011

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Lawsuit of the Day: Children & Youth about to get smacked

Here’s the Opinion out of federal court (Western District, PA) for Bower v. Lawrence County Children & Youth, et al. First, I need to write that Children & Youth have an almost impossible job, analogous to a parole officer – they have to be right 100% of the time.  If C&Y or a PO fail […]

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Sir Walter Raleigh lost his head, and we got the 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause

November 18, 2011

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Sir Walter Raleigh lost his head, and we got the 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause

So Wally – Sir Walter in front of his stuck-up wife – was pissed.  He spent 13 years in the Tower of London based upon hearsay evidence.  It seems that Spain was going to fund the ouster of King James I.  One of Wally’s pals, Lord Cobham, was going to go there, pick up a ton […]

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Megan’s Law & Sex Offender Registration in Pennsylvania

November 17, 2011

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Megan’s Law & Sex Offender Registration in Pennsylvania

Megan is a Welsh name meaning “little pearl.”  Megan Kanka was 7-years old when she was murdered in 1994.  The murderer raped her before and after he snuffed her.  He had two sexual assault priors, both with little girls (ages 5 and 7), and did a bit under seven years total.  The dude got the […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Dude look like a Lady

November 17, 2011

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Lawsuit of the Day:  Dude look like a Lady

We discussed 1983 lawsuits here.  Now we can see one in action. It seems that Jovanie Saldana got busted for “running a house of prostitution.”  Saldana was released on ROR.  It’s not stated, but I suspect the intake profiling was run against open crimes and it took longer to get results than the Preliminary Arraignment.  Saldana […]

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Section 1983 claims – The Great Equalizer

November 16, 2011

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Section 1983 claims – The Great Equalizer

Before I even touch this topic, let’s get one thing understood:  I only do civil cases that have a criminal law (substantive, procedural, or penal) underpinning.  I don’t do slip-and-falls or MedMal or any of that world.  There’s plenty of attorneys to choose from that do that work.  I prefer the richer history of malfeasance […]

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Although ‘all men are created equal,’ some are more equal than others

November 16, 2011

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Although ‘all men are created equal,’ some are more equal than others

I’ll always remember two cases that came up within several days of each other.  It was winter.  One was with a guy I knew my entire life.  His driver’s license was suspended.  Lived in a trailer.  Ran out of oil.  He drove about three miles into town to get five gallons of kerosene.  The option […]

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Violate TOS? That’s a jail sentence

November 15, 2011

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Violate TOS?  That’s a jail sentence

This is not a political blog.  We discuss criminal law, but sometimes it’s a thin line between the two.  Check this out.  Nothing short of asinine.  The US DOJ is cloaking its politics.  It claims that the issue is Identity Theft.  It is to laugh. Assume that you sign up for Match dot com.  The site […]

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Terry Stops

November 14, 2011

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Terry Stops

Lots of issues in the law are referred to by the case within which the rule was formed.  What we know as our Miranda rights actually came from a consolidated opinion on four cases: Miranda v. Arizona, Westover v. United States, Vignera v. New York, and California v. Stewart.  They could just as readily been called […]

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