Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home1/wdupray/public_html/pennacrimlaw.com/wp-content/themes/freshnews_new/functions/admin-hooks.php on line 160

March 7, 2012

Comments Off

What it means to practice criminal-defense law

There’s an unsurprising change in attitudes when crime leaves abstraction behind.  A person condemns the government for putting people to death until their daughter is dismembered.  Someone is pro-Death Penalty until they watch up close the trial of an acquaintance and see that “truth” and “justice” are concepts foreign in the courtroom.  I chuckled silently when I […]

Continue reading...

March 3, 2012

Comments Off

Weekend Reading – Apophenia & The 27 Club

Apophenia:  Seeing a pattern where none exists. When Robert Johnson died on August 16, 1938, a pattern was born.  Johnson was a wonderful blues singer.  I’ll embed some tunes below.  He was 27 years, 100 days old when he passed.  He was preceded by Alexandre Levy and Louis Chauvin – both musicians – who died […]

Continue reading...

February 29, 2012

Comments Off

Medical Care in Prisons

People can get as cranky as they please over the cost of housing prison inmates, but it doesn’t change the fact that inmates need proper medical care – physical, mental, and dental.  Pennsylvania prisons have outsourced care to Prison Health Services, apparently a division of Corizon Health (run out of Tennessee). Providing adequate care falls […]

Continue reading...

February 28, 2012

Comments Off

Child Support in Pennsylvania

Child Support in Pennsylvania

Whenever I hear the label “deadbeat dad” I cringe.  The never-heard corollary – “spendthrift mom” – is somehow lost.  And that is the problem with child support.  The receiving party – mom or dad – has absolutely no legal requirement to account for the money received.  Don’t get me wrong; that doesn’t relieve the obligation […]

Continue reading...

February 27, 2012

Comments Off

Cops & Quota Systems

Cops & Quota Systems

Cops actually have a quota for the number of Terry Stops, traffic stops, arrests, etc.?  Go figure.  Aren’t all governmental interventions into our privacy supposed to be supported by reasonable suspicion or probable cause?  That’s certainly the Constitutional standard, but it seems not so much reality. A NYC cop has filed a lawsuit.  Here’s the […]

Continue reading...

February 24, 2012

Comments Off

No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

I grew up in the 1960s.  Maybe I could have guessed that I’d become a lawyer because I loved to watch Divorce Court.  (Apparently there’s a new version on Court TV – I don’t watch TV much.)  But there I was, 8 or 9 years old, glued to the television as Mrs. Smith sat all […]

Continue reading...

February 20, 2012

Comments Off

Steel Wheels: Amish can tear up roads, and that’s a good thing

Steel Wheels: Amish can tear up roads, and that’s a good thing

I think this case, Mitchell County v. Zimmerman, is telling us on page 2 that the entire Amish gig rests upon Romans 12:2, in particular, the opening phrase:  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and […]

Continue reading...

February 16, 2012

Comments Off

Smoking weed and doing time

Smoking weed and doing time

First, don’t apply the “non-violent” label to stoners too quickly.  See here.  But let’s assume that we have a true non-violent offender.  The dude just smokes weed and wears pajamas in public. How does Pennsylvania law address him?  We’re gonna use a “small amount” of weed – that’s 30 grams.  Dude, if you’re carrying more […]

Continue reading...

February 15, 2012

Comments Off

Child Custody in Pennsylvania

Child Custody in Pennsylvania

There’s nothing more emotional in a divorce than where the kids go, particularly when they’re pre-teen.  Add the expense of child support, and we’ve got insult on top of injury.  The issues are real:  Rough parenting, new adults involved, two homes – the list is endless and heartbreaking. Skip whatever the current state of the […]

Continue reading...

February 14, 2012

Comments Off

Divorce in Pennsylvania

Divorce in Pennsylvania

The best word I can find of how the law views divorce is this:  Sterile.  Divorces are nothing more than dissolving a corporation – a unity of two people that have assets and liabilities under joint ownership or control, and henceforth those assets and liabilities need to be under both separate ownership and control.  Yes, […]

Continue reading...