Where does a defense lawyer's responsibility lie? Is it their duty to obey their client's wishes, or are they obliged to act in whatever way they believe has the highest likelihood of a positive outcome for their client? What happens when these two objectives conflict with each other?
Anyone who's ever been arrested has a criminal record. A criminal record never expires-it follows you around forever. It can provide major obstacles in securing a job, getting an apartment or being accepted to school. However, many people don't realize that they can take proactive steps to get their criminal records cleared. This process is known as expungement.
A recent change to Pennsylvania state law increases the eligibility of Pennsylvanians with certain criminal convictions to seal their criminal record. Governor Tom Wolf stated that the change was made to help give "Pennsylvanians with minor or dated criminal records a fighting chance at gainful employment."
Throughout Pennsylvania, there are thousands of cases of domestic violence. The statistics can be staggering. Every nine seconds, a woman is beaten or assaulted in America. Each day, three women are killed by their boyfriends or husbands. Each year, it is believed that as many as 10 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. And, men of a domestic abusive household during their youth are two times as likely to become abusers as well.
Over the last few years, throughout the United States, it appears that philosophies on recreational drugs and drug use had been going through a bit of a shift. Although, things have not yet changed in Pennsylvania, they may eventually change and it is important to be mindful of laws regarding drugs, drug use and drug possession.
What's the difference between a police officer and a journalist? It sounds like a joke, but there is a good reason for asking the question. Police officers give mug shots and arrest details to journalists, and journalists, in general, write stories about those arrests according to their professional judgment and ethics. They keep in mind that all suspects are considered innocent until they are proven guilty in a court of law.
The end of August will be here soon enough. For teens in high school (and in college) the new school year means that new friendships will be made, new relationships may begin, and new opportunities for young people to explore their sexuality will come about.
A preliminary hearing continued today for the third day in the case of Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the death of a pledge in February. The fraternity itself and 18 members are facing charges, with some potentially being charged with aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter.