A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

The House and Senate are in session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The House Judiciary Committee meets Monday to consider two bills.

House Bill 40< (Perry-R, Cumberland ) would expand the castle doctrine to cover the right of deadly force in self-defense to porches, patios and occupied vehicles. Another version of the bill, Senate Bill 273 (Alloway-R, Franklin) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

House Bill 898 (Toepel-R, Montgomery) would impose a mandatory five year prison sentence for a second weapons conviction.

House Bill 270 (Miccarelli-R-Delaware), which would clarify the counting of convictions for multiple offenses involving sexual abuse of children was passed by the House 198-0 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Free legal research available on State and Federal court appointed cases from the Student Research Center. http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch?appNum=4

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