Monthly Archives: June 2012

Is banning juvenile life without parole the decent thing to do?

  A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court pointed to “the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” as part of the reasoning for banning mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile killers. But the … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day, Pop

Pop, I lifted this idea from another writer. He wrote  his father – after years of shirts, sweaters and ties for Father’s Day – told his kids, “I can buy my own clothes. Just write me a letter.” Seemed like … Continue reading

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Live coverage of the Stephen Stetler corruption trial

Live coverage of the Stephen Stetler corruption trial.

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Is there a fix for holes in the judicial system

If Ross Crawford did kill Cherylann “Jen” Dowell after years of reported harassment, assaults and attempted arson, how can we not question the judicial system as a whole? After Dowell was found dead Friday, we began to dig into Crawford’s … Continue reading

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Tell kids about your path to success

The York County Truancy Prevention Initiative is asking county employees, employers and area college students to reach out to local youth with their success stories.   The best part is you don’t even have to go anywhere.   … Continue reading

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Don’t forget your quarters

  The pay phones at the York County Judicial Center are back in service It caused some inconvenience to courthouse visitors, who are not allowed to bring cell phones into the courthouse, when they were not working for a couple … Continue reading

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Telling a traumatic story in front of a national eye

For years before becoming an editor, I spent week in and week out sitting in court hearings or standing at crime scenes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched witnesses cry on the stand while recounting their ordeals, … Continue reading

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York County 911 introduces incident map

I might be on the York County 911 incident log more than most people. When I’m at work, it’s one page I always have to have up on my computer. If I hear about a crash, flooding or fire, I’m … Continue reading

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Impounded files and sex victims’ names

I had an argument, about as much of an argument you can have with a judge, many, many years ago with the late Joseph E. Erb, then president judge of York County Common Pleas Court.   I was attempting … Continue reading

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