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July 26, 2017

Recreational Marijuana Use in Nevada Hit a Minor Rough Patch

Nevada, whose voters approved legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana starting July 1, 2017, are facing some issues as a result of a group of wholesale liquor distributors filing a lawsuit claiming they have the exclusive right to the distribution of recreational marijuana. The ballot measure for recreational marijuana provided that for the first 18 months only liquor distributors would be given distribution licenses. This...

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June 1, 2016

Pennsylvania Courts Uphold Institutional Sexual Assault Statute as Applied to Teachers’ Aide and 18 Year Old Student

A teacher’s aide who worked at a high school and admitted to engaging in sexual activities with an 18-year old male student was unsuccessful in her appeal of the trial court’s judgment of sentence. Appellant asserted that section 3124.2(a.2)(1) of the Commonwealth’s institutional sexual assault statute was both unconstitutionally vague and unconstitutionally overbroad. The court rejected both assertions. Appellant was convicted of...

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December 24, 2013

Pennsylvania seeks to Increase Penalties for Child Pornography Crimes

The Pennsylvania State Senate recently approved a bill to increase the degree of child pornography crimes. The bill was approved in response to the Jerry Sandusky and Catholic clergy molestation scandals that have occurred in Pennsylvania. Under the new bill; producing, disseminating or viewing child pornography would be considered more serious crimes if the material depicts

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December 10, 2013

Social Media Ban for Paroled Sex-Offenders

A New Jersey court has recently ruled that paroled sex offenders can be barred from social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and other online social networks. Two paroled sex-offenders challenged the restriction saying that the social networks were important ways to get news and find business opportunities. The three-judge panel ruled that the offenders can be kept off the social networks as a condition of parole. The judges note, that social networks are an important facet of modern life but,...

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August 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Court Considers the Standard of Proof Required for Online Child Abuse Registry

In G.V. v. Department of Public Welfare, Caregiver G.V. appealed the order of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Bureau of Hearings and Appeals', which adopted an administrative law judge's recommendation denying petitioner's appeal and his request to have a child abuse report against him expunged under the Child Protective Services Law, 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 6301-6386. G.V. was accused of sexually abusing his 16 year-old great niece of whom his wife and himself had custody. An investigation was...

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