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June 2017 Archives

Mistrial declared in Cosby sexual assault trial

A previous blog post discussed the prosecution's case in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. Pennsylvania residents may remember that at trial, Cosby faced accusations of drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee. Cosby admitted to making sexual advances but claimed that he was falsely accused because the sexual encounters were consensual. The prosecution rested after five days and the introduction of Cosby's 2005 civil deposition.

Prosecution rests its case in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby, a well-known actor and comedian, has recently been the defendant in a sexual assault trial taking place in a Pennsylvania courtroom. His accuser, a woman whom Cosby befriended at Temple University over ten years ago, told her story to the jury last Tuesday. Cosby did not take the stand as a witness, but the prosecution introduced his testimony from a 2005 civil deposition. After five days, the prosecution has rested and the defense begins its case this week.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposes strict guidelines for seizure

A recent case has prompted changes in Pennsylvania law regarding civil asset forfeiture. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling clarified the guidelines for determining when an owner's property can be seized by law enforcement. To seize a home, police must now have evidence that the property was used in a crime and that the owner was aware of, and consented to, such use.

Understanding a 'possession with intent to distribute' charge

In Pennsylvania, drug trafficking -- or "possession with intent to distribute" -- is typically considered a felony even if the accused is a first-time offender. It is vital for those facing this charge to understand the elements of the crime, the possible penalties if convicted and their potential legal defenses.

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