Life sentences and juvenile offenders — what is fair and right?

A 13-year-old boy is not an adult. Yet when a 13-year-old boy commits a heinous crime, our court system in the U.S. can treat him like an adult and lock him up for life. That was the case for Joe Harris Sullivan, who was convicted 20 years ago in a Florida court of beating and raping an elderly woman after an in-home robbery -- all when he was 13 years old.  He'd been in trouble...

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Philadelphia drivers beware: city police crackdown on cell phone use while driving begins Sunday

We here at MyPhillyLawyer have been harping about the dangers of driving while texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone for months.  We've even applauded the City of Philadelphia's efforts earlier this year to ban the practice. Well, now it's becoming more serious for drivers.  Starting this Sunday, Philadelphia police will start enforcing a city ordinance that bans texting and hand-held cell phone use while a driver is operating a vehicle in the city...

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Using eBay to buy or sell stuff online? You’d better know your rights

EBay.com is certainly a great place to buy and sell stuff online, from cars to motorcycles to toys and trinkets. But have you ever read all of the pages and pages of the "fine print" in your user agreement with eBay Inc.?  I bet you haven't, and that creates a bit of a legal quandary for you. Did you know that in that user agreement, it says that if you have an unresolved dispute with...

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Video Blog: Why Should I Sue?

Have you been injured in a car accident, construction accident, slip and fall accident or otherwise as the result of another's negligence or carelessness? If so, you may be reluctant to sue. In this video blog, Attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer explains that insurance companies put money aside specifically for people who are injured. You are entitled to recover that money in order to compensate for medical bills and other financial obligations as the result...

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Swimming pool discrimination case leaves much to ponder

It was supposed to be a summer of swimming and fun for a group of  56 African-American and Hispanic children from a  Northeast Philadelphia daycare center who were to head regularly to a private swim club in the Montgomery County suburbs to beat the heat. Image credit: © iStockphoto.com/paulprescott72 Instead, their first visit turned ugly on June 29 when some of the children reported to their chaperones that they overheard verbal racial slurs and ugly...

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Disabled Adult Abuse: It’s Time to Take Action

In a recent article, William Bender of the Philadelphia Daily News reports on the atrocity of disabled adult abuse. He rightly points out that Pennsylvania is one of only five states that have no abuse investigation law protecting these vulnerable citizens. As a result, abusers at group homes and other disabled care facilities can simply walk away with little or no repercussions if the victim does not or cannot testify against them. This needs to...

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Video Blog: Contingency Fees

If you have been injured in a car accident, construction/work-site accident, slip and fall accident, or another accident caused the negligence of another, you may want to file a personal injury claim. But how much will this cost you? The simple answer is: nothing. You will not pay any attorney fees unless MyPhillyLawyer recovers compensation on your behalf. In this video blog, personal injury lawyer Dean Weitzman explains what it means to accept cases on...

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Ford Motor Co. joins growing fight to ban texting while driving

The push to ban drivers from texting while operating motor vehicles on America's roadways just got a powerful and influential ally recently -- the Ford Motor Co.  is the first automaker to embrace a proposed new law that would cut federal highway funding by 25% to states that refuse to outlaw the dangerous practice. "Ford supports a ban on hand-held text messaging while driving – and we endorse the legislation introduced by Senator Charles E....

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Tort reform: be careful what you may wish for

The premise of tort reform is popular with politicians and big corporations, who use it as a target for  "cleaning up"  our complex legal system.  But if you or your family needs to sue for damages following an injury, the wrong kind of tort reform could be very harmful. The idea behind tort reform sounds logical – to reform the legal system to prevent unnecessary lawsuits against doctors,  especially under the premise that such suits...

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