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June 2011 Archives

Supreme Court takes on GPS tracking case

In Pennsylvania and across the nation, citizens suspected of crimes are protected by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. One of the core principles of the Fourth Amendment is the right of citizens to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. In practice, this means that law enforcement authorities cannot use illegally obtained evidence against people facing criminal charges.

Pennsylvania man found guilty of bank fraud and identity theft

A federal grand jury has found a 35-year-old Pennsylvania man guilty of bank fraud and identity theft. The man was accused of being at the center of an identity theft conspiracy that may have stolen as much as $1 million.

Rapper Ja Rule begins serving time on weapons charges

A young man is pulled over for speeding and police officers discover a reason to search his automobile. During the search, they discover a loaded weapon inside of the vehicle and the young man is forced to answer to weapons charges.

57 months for Pa. woman convicted of wire fraud

It is no secret that state and federal authorities have been devoting a great deal of their resources and attention to white collar crimes and financial crimes. Often, these crimes involve the accusation of some type of fraud, and federal fraud charges carry the potential of serious sentences. Because federal criminal charges are serious in nature, defending against these charges requires serious legal representation.

Pennsylvania man faces 195 sex crime charges

A 34-year-old man in Pennsylvania faces sex crime charges with some of the heaviest possible sentences in state history. The man is accused of 195 sex crimes involving minors, enough to fill a 14-page court document. Prosecutors allege that the defendant committed crimes against victims ranging from 4 to 17 years of age over a 10-year period.

Authorities charge 32 with prescription drug crimes

Pennsylvania authorities announced charges this week against 32 people for allegedly selling prescription drugs in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The charges - and two murders authorities believe may be linked to them - illustrate how aggressively law enforcement agencies are responding to a changed drug-dealing climate.

Convicted Pennsylvania official receives reduced sentence

When a person is convicted of a federal crime, a judge determines the person's sentence based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The guidelines can be quite strict, especially for white collar crimes, and they do not give a sentencing judge much discretion about what type of sentence a defendant should receive.

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