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


Session Schedule

The Senate will be in session on Monday and Tuesday.  The House returns to session on December 9.

Identity Theft bill signed into law

House Bill 714 (Baker-R- Tioga) further providing for the offense of identity theft– click for summarywas signed into law as Act 97.  Under the new law, the offense of identity theft is raised by one grade where the victim is under the age of 18.  The offense  was already raised by one grade where the victim is over the age of 60 or care dependent.

Supreme Court expected to hear sentencing case

The Allegheny County district attorney’s office will ask the state Supreme Court to determine what sentencing law should be followed for a defendant whose victim was injured in 1993 and died in 2007.

The decision will mean the difference between a sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison and 10 to 20 years for Stevenson Rose, convicted of third-degree murder in the death of Mary Mitchell.

Click for full report from post-gazette.com

Sentencing Commission meets December 4-5

Commission on Sentencing meeting.  December 4– dinner at Harrisburg Hilton 6 p.m.  December 5–Policy Committee 9 a.m. , Commission meeting 1 p.m., Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg. (formal notice)

Resolution introduced to impeach Attorney General

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) Tuesday introduced a House Resolution 572 calling for the impeachment of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Politico:  Digital era confounds the courts

The Founding Fathers weren’t big on texting.

Courts have long struggled to deal with key questions at the intersection of individual privacy and ever-advancing technology with little guidance from the Constitution or from prior cases – now judges and experts are hoping that’s about to change.

Click for full report on politico.com


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