Sexting update: Court rules teen girl can’t be charged with a felony

A U.S. Court of Appeals got it right recently when it ruled that a teenaged girl whose semi-nude photo was transmitted via a cell phone text message cannot be charged with felony child abuse charges. That was the correct decision in this so-called "sexting" case that got big headlines and showed just how ridiculous the legal system can get when it is fueled by ideologies rather than by reality. We last wrote about this case...

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Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Stats Poke (Another) Hole in Tort Reform

Medical malpractice lawsuits are the talk of Washington, again, as President Obama seeks to reassure Republican lawmakers that he is willing to listen to them and consider their recommendations for fixing healthcare. For most of these Republican Senators and House Representatives, there is but one solution to our nation’s woes and that is tort reform. Even though analysts and experts have shown time and time again that medical malpractice lawsuits make up but a small...

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Damage caps on injury cases harm accident and medical malpractice victims a second time

Are you willing to give up your rights to be compensated fully for ALL of the damages caused by another? If you are injured in an accident, you can be sure that you want to recover every dollar you are entitled to for your treatment and for your pain and suffering. But insurance companies for years have been trying to fight you tooth and nail to minimize what they pay out to you for pain...

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Need a lawyer? Here are some helpful hints about how to select the right one

At some point in your life,  you will probably need to hire a lawyer. It may be for help when you are injured in a vehicle accident or fall, or if you are going through a divorce, tax dispute, criminal charges or custody or other legal issues.  It's uncommon today if at some point you don't have to at least consult an attorney about something in your life. So if that happens, where in the...

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Gun rights on Main Street: more citizens with legal “open carry” guns is not the answer

You're sitting in Starbucks having a coffee and relaxing when another customer walks in with a big, shiny handgun in a holster on his hip and heads over to the counter. Do you: A)    Hit the deck in the fear that there's about to be a robbery? B)     Feel uncomfortable because of the menacing presence of this stranger and his gun in such a non-traditional, non-threatening setting? C)    Feel reassured due to the presence of...

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Law enforcement officers and DUI: time to get to the root of the problem

Twice in the last three months, Philadelphia-area law enforcement officers have been involved in off-duty vehicle accidents that allegedly involve driving under the influence of alcohol. For law enforcement officers, who absolutely, positively must be accountable to a higher standard than the people they are sworn to protect, that is unacceptable. Last month, a 23-year-old off-duty Philadelphia Police officer was driving north on I-95 near Girard Avenue when his vehicle crashed into the rear of...

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Beware: lawsuit settlement cash advances can cost you far more than you realize

It’s bad enough when you are injured in an accident and then have to wait for a monetary settlement or verdict to compensate you for your injuries. It’s even worse if you are victimized a second time by one of the many companies out there that are cashing in on the anticipated cash settlements of injured people by “loaning” them money up front and then taking huge windfalls from the settlements when the money is...

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Video Blog: Birth Injuries

If your child has been injured during the birthing process, you may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical care. You may also receive compensation for suffering and loss of quality of life due to the birth injury. In this month's video blog, attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer lists the three most common ways a birth injury occurs. He also emphasizes the firm's role in securing compensation so that parents can maximize their child's...

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A bad idea: Here’s why the laws in Pa. shouldn’t be changed to allow beer sales on every corner

There's yet another effort underway in the state Legislature to try to change the decades-old laws that forbid beer sales in convenience stores and grocery stores across the Commonwealth. Right now, you also can't buy a six-pack of beer in a beer distributor in Pennsylvania -- you can only buy a full case by law. You are, however, able to buy individual six-packs of beer from bars and restaurants that have liquor licenses which permit...

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