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July 2011 Archives

A single-word text message leads to arrest in Pennsylvania

Technology has changed quite a bit in recent years, and this has led to completely new types of telecommunications and internet crimes. For example, a 45-year-old Pennsylvania woman allegedly sent a text message to her ex-boyfriend at around 2:30 a.m., which led to her arrest. Reportedly, the text contained only the word "jerk."

Roger Clemens case deemed mistrial

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens saw a premature end to his perjury trial after a judge declared a mistrial. With a new trial still possible, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton struck down the case after the prosecution presented evidence to the jury that the judge had already thrown out.

Hunting accident leads to conviction on Pennsylvania gun charges

A hunting accident has led to a 10 to 25-year prison sentence for a 49-year-old Pennsylvania man. The accident happened last November when the 49-year-old defendant was hunting with some friends on a plot of land he owned.

Juveniles receive probation for hacking and cyber-stalking

The Internet has changed the way we live. Thanks to the Internet, it is easier to stay in touch with family and friends and business can be conducted at the speed of light. However, the Internet is not immune to criminal laws and people are charged with Internet crimes in Pennsylvania every day.

Many federal crack sentences are now eligible to be reduced

In a major victory for people accused of drug crimes, many people serving time for federal drug charges may soon be eligible for a reduced sentence thanks to a recent decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Pennsylvania firearms charges carry tough penalties

The use and possession of firearms are strictly regulated in Pennsylvania and people who are accused of weapons crimes in Pennsylvania can face serious criminal charges. In addition, people accused of weapons crimes can face federal charges as well as state charges.

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