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December 2011 Archives

Pittsburgh teen charged as adult in shooting death

A 16-year-old male is being charged as an adult after allegedly participating in a gunfight that caused a 14-year-old's death on Dec. 19. The suspect, who was being held in Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 bail as of Dec. 21, faces charges of aggravated assault, as well as weapons charges. Another suspect, 21, was also charged with illegal possession of a weapon but is not believed to have participated in the shootings.

Proposed bill would require AG to share child porn information

A bill sponsored by Pennsylvania State Rep. Dan Deasy seeks to require state and local law enforcement to collaborate on investigations into Internet child pornography in the state. Based on comments by state Attorney General Linda Kelly, the bill may not be necessary, since Kelly's office already performs the duties outlined in the bill.

Members of Pittsburgh drug ring indicted on federal charges

The complexities of a federal drug case exceed that of a state drug case due to the constitutional and evidentiary issues that come along with such a charge. The prestige of a federal case brings aggressive prosecution and a thorough investigation into the matters of the case. Ultimately, prosecutors will seek long prison sentences, and that is why the defendants of any federal drug trafficking charges must secure proper legal representation.

Sloppy affidavits lead to dropped drug charges in Pittsburgh

The presence of false information in an arrest affidavit led the Allegheny County district attorney to drop charges against 14 people who were arrested by a since-retired Pittsburgh police officer. However, the officer will not sustain a criminal penalty for his actions after a jury on Dec. 7 found him not guilty of perjury and obstruction the administration of law.

Teen 'sexting' trend is overblown, national study finds

Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh law enforcement officials recently confirmed that the number of reports of teenagers sending each other explicit pictures over the Internet or through text message are lower than commonly believed, and are dropping. That matches the national trend, according to a study recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report said that very few minors have sent pictures that would be considered child pornography.

Football player allegedly threatened friend with gun

Gun laws vary widely from state to state. What may be considered a felony in one state may be treated as a misdemeanor in another. The story of an Oakland Raiders football player who was recently arrested after allegedly firing a gun near another man's head provides an interesting example of this phenomenon.

Convictions of CEO's wife, son may end LeNature's Ponzi case

After four weeks of testimony, the jury in the money laundering trial of the wife and son of the former CEO of LeNature's Inc. found the defendants guilty on Nov. 29. Though the jury found the wife, 50, not guilty of two charges, they convicted her of three counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy. Her son was convicted of four counts of money laundering and a count of conspiracy.

Jerry Sandusky may face federal charges in child sex abuse scandal

As readers of this blog have no doubt heard, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is facing numerous charges that he sexually abused boys he came in contact with through his Second Mile charity organization. Thus far, the shocking accusations have led to criminal charges against Sandusky in state court. But while cases of alleged sexual molestation of minors is usually a matter for state and local authorities, the nature of some of the allegations against Sandusky may lead to federal charges as well.

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