Pennsylvania

1247 ABA Journal Pennsylvania articles.

Gunman killed after shooting 4 at magisterial district judge’s office

A man charged in connection with a domestic dispute shot four people, including a police officer, on Wednesday at a magisterial district judge’s office in western Pennsylvania.

Patrick S. Dowdell,…

Lawyer is suspended for placing tracking and recording devices in ex-girlfriend’s car

A Pennsylvania lawyer has been suspended for placing GPS tracking and recording devices in the car of his former girlfriend to discover who she was dating.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court…

New York AG issues subpoenas to state’s 8 Catholic dioceses in sex abuse investigation

The New York attorney general’s office on Thursday issued subpoenas to the states’ eight Catholic dioceses less than a month after the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report

Rap song that threatened police officers is not protected speech, Pennsylvania’s top court rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a free speech claim by a rapper who threatened to kill two Pittsburgh police officers he identified by name in a video titled “F—…

Grand jury says dioceses in Pennsylvania covered up sex abuse for more than 70 years
A grand jury that investigated child sex abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses has reported credible allegations of abuse against more than 300 priests affecting more than a thousand child victims who were identifiable from church records.
Holland & Knight again looks to Reed Smith in Philadelphia office expansion

Holland & Knight’s new Philadelphia office has doubled its headcount after siphoning another 12 lawyers from Reed Smith.

The office launched with 11 former Reed Smith partners and one…

Assessment board says Bill Cosby is a sexually violent predator; DA asks judge to decide

A district attorney in Pennsylvania has asked the judge who presided at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to decide whether the comedian is a “sexually violent predator.”

Montgomery County District…

Nonlawyer with a multistate law practice gets 12-year sentence
A New Jersey man convicted of posing as a lawyer while running a multistate law practice has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Officer who shot and killed unarmed teen is charged with homicide
A suburban Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with homicide for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen while investigating a drive-by shooting.
Lawyer is suspended after using ex-client’s information in complaint about ‘angry feminist cabal’

A Pennsylvania lawyer who claimed in a lawsuit that his client had been victimized by “vigilante justice from student activists” had used information provided by one of the activists in…

Another ruling by controversial Philadelphia family court judge is overturned
Updated: A Philadelphia family court judge who repeatedly interrupted a lawyer and frequently noted the late hour violated the due process rights of three children when she removed them from the home of their mother, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled.
Law firms hire company to send ads to ER patients’ cellphones; is it a HIPAA violation?
Some personal injury law firms plan to use a technology called “geofencing” to send ads to cellphones of patients in emergency rooms, pain clinics and chiropractor offices.
San Francisco district attorney to use algorithm to aid marijuana expungements

The San Francisco district attorney’s office announced it will use an algorithm to help determine expungement eligibility for those with some marijuana convictions going back to the mid-1970s.

“When the…

Appeals court criticizes ‘judicially created parental alienation’ in case of baby with broken ribs
A state appeals court has accused a Pennsylvania judge of “judicially created parental alienation” and a failure to provide due process when she kept a baby in “protracted foster care” after receiving no explanation for broken ribs and then terminated parental rights.
Judge’s mass contempt trial and ‘high-speed sentencing’ violated due process, appeals court rules

A Pennsylvania judge who sent 54 people to jail for failing to pay fines after holding a mass contempt trial violated the defendants’ due process rights, a state appeals court…

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