Many readers will remember the media coverage of a widespread hacking incident that led to the release of hundreds of images of nude celebrities. Authorities have made an arrest in that case, and a Pennsylvania man is now facing federal charges in connection to the matter. It is reported that the man will enter a guilty plea in the case.
An unusual case is making its way through the federal court system in Pennsylvania. A young man is being accused of identity theft after authorities allege that he has been posing as a teenager for several years. They assert that the man, who claims to be a teenager, is actually 23 years old.
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with pirating movies at a Moon Township drive-in theater. Prosecutors claim that the man's actions were part of a larger scheme to unlawfully record movies and sell them on the black market. There is no word on whether the other individuals who are believed to have involvement in the theft have also been charged. As of the time of this report, the man is free on bond as he awaits trial in the Internet crime case.
A European man is currently being held in detention in Pennsylvania after being extradited from overseas. The man is charged with an Internet crime in connection to an alleged phishing scheme. Investigators claim that the man was part of an international scheme that stole banking information from computers owned by the government and multiple business entities.
A Pennsylvania man who has already been convicted on multiple charges is now facing new accusations. The 48-year-old was the subject of a recent federal grand jury proceeding that resulted in stalking charges, along with an accusation of making false statements. Those federal charges are the result of an online ad that authorities say the man filed in an attempt to harass an FBI agent who participated in an investigation that led to a conviction in a 2003 case. The case has a number of complexities, one of which involves the mental competency of the man facing charges.
Crimes that are committed against children are among the most atrocious acts that come before our nation's courts. Virtually everyone can agree that protecting kids from harm, exploitation and abuse is of paramount concern, and that individuals who engage in actions that hurt children should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That said, there are cases in Philadelphia in which a person is accused of a crime that he or she did not commit. When those allegations include child pornography, a great deal of damage can be done to an individual's reputation and standing within the community.
Many readers are familiar with the legal challenges facing Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. She is already facing federal charges of obstruction, perjury and additional crimes in connection with the disclosure of information deemed confidential. In a new case filed this week, several former employees claim that Kane intentionally abused the powers of her office. These new allegations could serve to further complicate her recent legal challenges.
Pennsylvania readers may remember coverage of scandalous federal sex charges made against a Catholic priest. The man, now 70 years of age, has been jailed since he was charged last fall, but the case is moving forward this week with the beginning of federal jury selection. As the man prepares to defend against the charges of sex crimes and child pornography, many across the state are watching to see how the matter is resolved.
Yet another case is making its way through federal court in which social media comments have been taken as legitimate threats. A Pennsylvania man stands accused of serious federal charges after he posted comments on Facebook that, while distasteful, may have been interpreted a bit too literally. The case may serve to clarify the issue of free speech in relation to the public good.
In certain cases, an individual who is charged with one or more federal crimes is best advised to accept a plea deal rather than face trial. These are difficult calls to make, as many people feel strongly that they can present a solid defense in a court of law. That said, defense attorneys are highly skilled at looking at all of the evidence held by the prosecution and making a determination about the risk of conviction. Such was the case for a former Pennsylvania priest who recently entered a guilty plea in connection with child pornography charges.