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Superior Court Upholds Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Violation of Sex Offender Registration Requirement

A mandatory minimum sentence imposed upon a convicted sex offender for failing to comply with a statutory registration requirement is constitutional, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Pennybaker

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:27+00:00 August 17th, 2015|Categories: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Superior Court Upholds Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Violation of Sex Offender Registration Requirement

Reference to Benevolent Gesture Statute Added to Rules of Evidence

On July 30, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a revision of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 409 (Offers to Pay Medical and Similar Expenses).

By | 2015-08-12T12:00:22+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Reference to Benevolent Gesture Statute Added to Rules of Evidence

Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

On July 7, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted new Rules of Criminal Procedure, and revised and renumbered other Rules, to provide for instructions to prospective and selected jurors concerning the use of personal electronic devices during their service.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

5 Questions with Sarang “Sy” V. Damle, Esq., Deputy General Counsel for the USCO

Sarang “Sy” V. Damle is Deputy General Counsel for the United States Copyright Office and a member of PBI's Intellectual Property Law Institute faculty. Mr. Damle shares his thoughts on technology, some characteristics of successful attorneys, advice for new lawyers, and more.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:29+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Categories: General|Comments Off on 5 Questions with Sarang “Sy” V. Damle, Esq., Deputy General Counsel for the USCO

Family Law: Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure

Family lawyers take note of several recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure. By order dated March 4, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved amendments to the rules governing who may serve as conference officers, hearing officers and masters in family law matters.

Direct-Recording Electronic Voting Systems Cleared for Use in Pennsylvania Elections

Direct-recording electronic voting systems (DREs) satisfy the certification requirements of the Pennsylvania Election Code and do not infringe on the fundamental right to vote, a unanimous Supreme Court panel ruled in Banfield v. Cortés.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:32+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Categories: General|Comments Off on Direct-Recording Electronic Voting Systems Cleared for Use in Pennsylvania Elections