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

The House is in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate is in session Monday and Tuesday.

BILLS PASSED

Retail Theft: House Bill 1603 (Quigley-R-Montgomery) further providing for penalties for retail theft was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House 178-20 on October 24. The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Gaming: House Bill 1893 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing penalties for video poker and other games was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House 196-0 on October 25. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

COMMITTEE HEARING

MONDAY. Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 775 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) relating to the collection and use of DNA samples. This bill would require police to take DNA samples from persons arrested for serious crimes.

IN THE NEWS

U.S. Supreme Court to consider wrong advice as to sentencing given by counsel
The cost of capital punishment

The Free Student Research Center is now OPEN. It will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9AM to 3PM. The Free Student Research Center is available for use by attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and who are court-appointed to the case for which they seek research (either state or CJA!).

The Free Student Research Center is located in the Jack Myers Memorial Lounge on the Third Floor of the CJC. You may make a research request in person or via the Criminal Justice Section website at http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch

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