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The Art of the Plea Deal: Why Real Court Isn’t Like CSI or Law and Order

Courtroom trial dramas on TV make for compelling entertainment, but they bear little resemblance to how the criminal court system actually works. Criminal cases work through the system in a variety of ways, but in the state of Pennsylvania, only 4 percent of those cases end up in an actual trial. That means that 96… Read More »

PA Lawmaker Wants to Reduce Penalties for Pot Possession

As marijuana laws have been changing rapidly throughout the country, Pennsylvania has remained steadfast in its opposition to the substance. Who could have imagined that a 71-year-old Republican lawmaker and former Pennsylvania State Trooper would be the one leading the movement to reform the law by lessening penalties for possession? Early in 2017, Rep. Barry… Read More »