The Time Is Long Overdue For A Criminal Defense Attorney To Be On The U.S. Supreme Court

As we contemplate who the next Supreme Court Justice will actually be, it is important to recognize that, over the past twenty-five years, the highest court has been strikingly devoid of a member who has practiced criminal defense. The increasing restrictions placed on defendants by the nation’s highest court are concerning and not just from […]

Local Prosecutor Seeks Re-Election by Bragging About “Proudly Over-Crowding Our Prisons”

A recent blog in Reason.com brought to light the bragging of a local Indiana prosecutor who is seeking reelection. The full headline of the posting is entitled “Indiana Prosecutor Bradley Cooper Is ‘Proudly Over-Crowding our Prisons’: Cooper’s new campaign flyer brags about the people he’s put in prison for decades over drug sales and minor […]

“Voice Memo” Smartphone App & the Wiretap Act

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held in Commonwealth v. Smith that a man who used a “voice memo” app on his smartphone to record a conversation with his boss should be charged with the interception of oral communications, which is a violation of the Wiretap Act. Section 5703 of the […]

Sex Offenders & Federal Passports Law

According to the recent Associated Press article entitled “Sex offenders challenge new federal passports law,” President Obama just signed a somewhat controversial federal sex offender law, the International Megan’s Law bill, and a civil rights group has filed suit challenging the requirement for sex offenders to be identified on their passports. The lawsuit will be […]

Therapy Dogs During Testimony

According to the Attorney Newsletter from the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, more and more courts have been allowing in recent years the use of therapy or comfort dogs to assist children and certain adults in the process of testifying in court and this year, two states (Arkansas and Illinois) have adopted […]