Monthly Archives: October 2011

Juvenile Law Center supports sexting bill

The Juvenile Law Center is asking Pennsylvania state senators to pass Senate Bill 850 which creates the offenses of cyberbullying and sexting. The center supports the senate bill over House Bill 815, which is sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, … Continue reading

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York County capital convictions typically survive direct appeal

When a I read a news story about the number of Pennsylvania capital murder cases overturned due to underpaid, underfunded, court-appointed defense attorneys, I had to take a look at our local death row cases. The Philadelphia Inquirer had determined … Continue reading

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Heard in court

Trying to pry an address out of a probation violator, Judge John S. Kennedy said, “If I were to say to you, ‘I want to mail you a $10,000 check,’ you still can’t give me an address?” The defendant, Dustin … Continue reading

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Accused sexting extortioner no show in court

A bench warrant has been issued for the Philadelphia man accused of attempting to extort a former girlfriend. Judge John S. Kennedy also revoked the man’s ROR bail Tuesday after the 25-year-old failed to appear in York County court for … Continue reading

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PA Supreme Court offers Twitter feed

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rulings and opinions now can be accessed through the court’s new Twitter feed. “The manner and pace in which the Commonwealth’s citizens expect to receive information from their government is changing rapidly,” said Supreme Court Justice J. … Continue reading

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PBA “highly recommends” Wecht for Superior Court

  The Pennsylvania Bar Association has reiterated its recommendations that all six sitting appellate court judges be retained in November’s general election.   Those judges are: Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin; Superior Court judges John T. Bender and Mary Jane Bowes; and Commonwealth Court judges Renée Cohn … Continue reading

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Chief Justice calls out federal defenders

No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since July 6, 1999. More than 200 condemned inmates remain on death row. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille apparently thinks the Defender Association of Philadelphia’s capital appeals unit might have something … Continue reading

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Why didn’t the district attorney offer a voluntary manslaughter plea to Justin Carbaugh? And why what you think about the killing doesn’t matter.

Before Brandon Carbaugh’s character was dragged through the mud at his brother’s homicide trial, it was Justin Carbaugh who was the crazy guy who shot his brother and then cut him up. Most of the facts about the highly publicized … Continue reading

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Man who allegedly terrorized the Avenues last year is on trial

 4:45 a.m. The trial has recessed for the day.  A man who terrorized the Avenues a year ago, allegedly committing at least two armed robberies and one rape, is on trial today for some of the charges he faces.   Jesse … Continue reading

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Jury convicts brother of manslaughter

  Justin Carbaugh stood and hugged his attorney after he was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter and abuse of corpse for the Aug. 4, 2010, killing of his brother, Brandon Carbaugh.   The jury acquitted him of the more serious charges of … Continue reading

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