1251 ABA Journal Pennsylvania articles.

Court removes judge from child rape case, citing opinion sarcasm and ‘personal animus’

A Pennsylvania appeals court has removed a judge from the resentencing of a convicted child rapist, citing the judge’s “demonstrated bias and personal animus” toward the defendant’s lawyer and the…

Former Pennsylvania attorney general goes to jail after state high court turns down appeal

Updated: Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane reported to jail Thursday to begin serving a sentence of up to 23 months for perjury and obstruction of the law.

Judge Wendy…

Cops in this Pennsylvania county claim sex workers with cellphones possess ‘instruments of crime’

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Former Penn State general counsel cleared of ethics violations in Sandusky investigation

An ethics panel has found that the former general counsel of Penn State did not violate any ethics rules in her representation of Penn State officials during the investigation into…

Are free speech and academic freedom under assault at colleges and universities?
Many see the case of Teresa Buchanan at Louisiana State University as emblematic of the precarious state of academic freedom for college and university professors. Others view the case as an example of the perils of applying a categorical rule to limit professorial speech.
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…

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