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Charges dropped against man who brought gun to school

Last week, charges were dropped against a man who brought a handgun into a Pennsylvania middle school. The Delaware County District Attorney withdrew the charges because of what he describes as a quirk in the law. Bringing weapons on school grounds is permitted by state law so long as the weapon is being used for a lawful purpose. According to the District Attorney, this broad definition,as set forth by the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a case earlier this year, would have prevented him from being able to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Penalties for identity theft in Pennsylvania

Identity theft is when someone uses another person's identifying information to further an unlawful purpose. This crime has evolved over the past two decades largely due to the internet, which allows for more sophisticated attempts to steal identity such as phishing scams. Identity theft complaints nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

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