Detroit police involvement in accidental shooting death of 7-year-old girl must lead to changes

Police departments across the nation can learn lessons from this tragedy There's no argument to the idea that police officers obviously have incredibly difficult, complex jobs. They have to deal in the pressure of the moment with unpredictable, dangerous and violent suspects who commit crimes.  Sometimes, they can't instantly recognize who the bad guys are and who the good guys are.  Every day, they also have to deal with people who have been victimized by...

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Update: U.S. Supreme Court makes the right decision by banning teen life sentences without parole in non-murder cases

Back in November, we wrote here that sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison without any chance for parole is cruel and unusual punishment and should be outlawed when their crimes don't include murder. Across our nation in non-homicide cases, 129 teens are serving life sentences without parole, including 77 in Florida, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. No teens in Pennsylvania are serving such sentences. In cases that do involve murder,...

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Is cursing a crime, or is it free speech?

Imagine you are driving in traffic on a public street and another driver cuts you off. Imagine going to a sporting event and watching a player on your favorite team doing something that really irks you, like dropping a ball. Or imagine walking down a street on the sidewalk and having an outrageously loud vehicle drive by, disturbing the peace. How would you react to any of these scenarios? You might angrily yell something out,...

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Bad cops: When the police can’t be trusted, we are all endangered

It is one of the nightmares of a free society when bad cops break their oaths and crush the very laws they are sworn to uphold. That's what happened recently in Camden, N.J., when one Camden police officer pleaded guilty in March to federal conspiracy charges. According to reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the officer and at least four of his fellow officers "planted evidence and threatened suspects with arrest if they did not provide...

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Video Blog: Statute of Limitations

Have you been injured in an accident? Generally, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. It is important that you contact a lawyer right away so as not to miss your opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In this month's video blog, Attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer explains the exceptions to the general statute of limitations...

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Toxins in former N.J. child day care center are a reminder for parents to be vigilant

It's a nightmare for any parent, but sadly it is all too real – a Gloucester County, N.J., children's day care center was closed in January 2006 after it was found to contain levels of potentially toxic mercury vapors that were 27 times acceptable levels inside the building. Somehow the building that housed the former Kiddie Kollege day care center was located on a site formerly used by a thermometer factory where there had been...

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Drivers beware: What it means for you now that the Philadelphia police will no longer respond to minor traffic accidents

For years, if you were involved in a traffic accident in Philadelphia – even a minor fender-bender – you could call the police and they would respond with an officer who would produce an accident report. That was a good thing.  It provided details of the accident, an officer's hand-drawn illustration of the accident scene, full names of the drivers involved and information about any witnesses and other relevant details. If you were injured, this...

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Philadelphia Car Accident Involving Horse-drawn Carriage Sparks Protest, Safety Questions

Two carriage drivers were sent to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with serious injuries on Monday morning following a car accident,on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. The accident occurred at around 10 a.m. when an elderly driver crashed his car into the back of a horse-drawn carriage — one of several stopped at a red light. The car’s impact forced the carriage across the street, toppling two more carriages in front of it. A number of the horses...

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Video Blog: Full Coverage vs. Full Tort

If you have full coverage auto insurance, this means you have comprehensive, collision and theft insurance for your car. However, it does not mean you will receive all of the coverage you can purchase. In this month's video blog, Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer explains the difference between full coverage and full tort. He explains why you should make sure to have full tort in order to protect you and your family in the event of...

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