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November 2016 Archives

Scranton police contemplate use of drones

The extensive use of pilotless aircraft known as drones by the United States military in the Middle East has prompted law enforcement agencies to study the uses of these devices. The Scranton police department recently announced that it is acquiring its first drone amid questions about the legality of their use in the criminal legal system.

Reviewing Pennsylvania's involuntary manslaughter laws

A conviction for most violent crimes in Pennsylvania requires proof that the accused acted with intent to commit the act in question. An important exception to this rule is involuntary manslaughter. Proof of intent is not required for a conviction. Instead, the prosecutor must prove the existence of circumstances that show that the defendant acted without regard to the consequences of his or her actions.

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